The traditional ruler of Ogbaland, Eze Chukwumela Nnam Obi II, has been described as a man without integrity, who has lost his place of pride and as such has little or no support to offer anybody, Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi has said.
Governor Amaechi stated this in reaction to the purported support of the traditional ruler for the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike ahead of the 2015 general election in the state.
Amaechi and Wike are currently locked in a battle of supremacy in the state.
The governor added that the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje had come to stay in the state in apparent response to a claim by the minister that he would stop the opening of the faction’s secretariat anywhere in the state including inside Government House, Port Harcourt.
Gov. Amaechi, however, expressed shock that the politics of the state has left the realm of ideas to that of mudslinging.
He maintained that he would not resign as governor and would not pack out of his official residence as suggested by Wike and his co-travellers, in view of his impressive performance.
Gov. Amaechi insisted that Wike needed help and should be ignored, stressing that the Minister of State for Education and his confused supporters were exhibiting frustration.
“They would continue to be haunted by the law of retributive judgment, having benefitted immensely from our government,” he said.
It would be recalled that Eze Chukwumela Nnam Obi II had while receiving Wike and members of his Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), in his palace at Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, asserted that the south-south state was rudderless and was becoming a mockery; something that had never happened since the end of the civil war.
The monarch also said President Goodluck Jonathan must be respected.
“Those who will develop Rivers State are here (in his palace). We have been left undeveloped and our people are left to roam as sheep without shepherd. You are the ones to develop Rivers State.
“Those who are fighting and quarrelling cannot develop Rivers State and its people. Leaders must be humble and upright and be servant leaders. They must come down to serve the people. A leader is never above his people. We have never danced naked like this in Rivers State.
“President Jonathan is the symbol of the unity of Nigeria. Nigeria must be one. Those who say otherwise must die,” the monarch reportedly said.
But the governor, who spoke through the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, said the monarch should be ignored, considering the many people-oriented and capital-intensive projects by the administration across the state’s 23 LGAs.
“The Oba of Ogbaland has long lost his face, even in his kingdom. We respect elders, but the Oba of Ogbaland has lost the integrity to speak or advise Governor Amaechi. We do not reckon with him.” He said.
Okocha added that Wike rather than focus on how to end the nationwide strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is traversing the length and breadth of the state for his 2015 governorship campaign in pretence of mobilising support for the President.