Wike breaks vow, travels to Abuja, “centre of lies” FeaturedWritten by EMMA OWHONDAH
Barely three weeks after a vow that he would not travel to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, anymore, Rivers State Governor, Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, on Monday returned to the city he described as “centre of lies”.
Wike, had on Monday, January 30, while flagging-off rehabilitation of a road in the Old Township area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, told his supporters that his reason for boycotting Abuja was because of the “excessive prevalence of lies at the Federal capital”.
However, Wike was in Abuja on Monday to attend a meeting called by a renegade faction of their party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the residence of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose.
The PDP faction to which Wike clings had already been red-carded by Nigeria’s Appeal Court which in a ruling in Port Harcourt on Friday, February 17 said that Mr. Ali Modu Sheriff remained PDP’s National Chairman. But Wike and his likes have continued to disobey the court ruling.
Known for making “uncouth comments”, Wike had boasted that he would have nothing to do with Nigeria’s seat of power which he ridiculed as suffering from retarding economy. “As they suffer economic downturn in Abuja, we shall continue to make progress in Rivers State. They lie too much in Abuja. So there is no reason to listen to them. Here, we make promises and we keep our promises,” the governor had said.
During the flag-off the governor had alleged that the nation’s capital has “now been enmeshed in political falsehood and deception, which negatively impacts on development.”
“I have not travelled to Abuja for more than four months because it is a centre of lies. Let them continue to lie in Abuja.
The Neighbourhood could not confirm through any of Wike’s Spokespersons why the governor changed his mind.