Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godswill Akpabio exchanged verbal assaults on occasion politics and efficiency in an occasion attended by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The occasion was the official inauguration of the Muhammadu Buhari Nigeria Police Safety Unit comprising 68 flats and different amenities in-built Port Harcourt, Rivers State by the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC).
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo represented Buhari on the occasion, which was attended by Wike, Akpabio, the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi; the Inspector-Normal of Police, Alkali Usman; Chairman, Senate Committee, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and his counterpart within the Home of Representatives, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo amongst others.
Akpabio stirred the hornet’s nest when he cited the disaster within the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the rationale why we’d not be a part of different occasion bigwigs to enchantment to Wike to defect to the APC.
Addressing Wike, he stated: “I can’t be a part of others to foyer you to the APC. Now we have sufficient issues within the APC already”.
The Minister, whereas later alluding to the encomiums poured on Wike by Tunji-Ojo following his efficiency in Rivers, nonetheless, made a U-turn saying he may solely declare Wike a performing Governor if he joined the APC.
To Wike, he stated: “As a result of you aren’t but in APC, I gained’t name you a performing Governor. If you come over to the APC, I’ll name you a performing Governor”.
However Wike, who spoke instantly after Akpabio, questioned why the Minister turned the inauguration right into a political marketing campaign.
The Governor, juxtaposing the crises within the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) and the APC, stated he wouldn’t go away “the place there’s malaria to a spot the place there’s most cancers”.
He stated: “I believed we got here to inaugurate this challenge. I didn’t know Akpabio will flip it right into a political marketing campaign. I want to remain the place there’s malaria to the place there’s most cancers. Malaria is treatable however most cancers on the fourth stage will not be treatable. I don’t wish to die now”.
Wike, who refused to acknowledge Akpabio as a Minister in his order of protocol, referred to him as a former Governor.
He stated Akpabio loved the title, unusual, when he was a Governor underneath the PDP.
He stated: “Akpabio, you turned unusual Governor underneath the PDP. You aren’t unusual underneath the APC. Come again to the place you turned unusual. Or would you say you’re unusual now as a Minister?”