Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the four speaking Ikwerre local government areas in Rivers State and Rivers Media Defender for Good Governance (RMDG) yesterday said it would have being a subject of ridicule and embarrassment if the Acting Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo had commissioned park and market in Rivers State.
It would be recall that Prof. Osinbanjo who commissioned Indorama fertilizer plant in Eleme on Thursday was to join Governor Nyesom Wike to inaugurate Park and market but he (Osinbajo) went back to Abuja after commissioning two roads in Port Harcourt.
But in separate reactions yesterday in Port Harcourt both APC leaders and RMDG thanked the Acting President, Osinbajo and Amaechi for using their description to avert what they described as “cheap blackmail and embarrassment to APC government.
They said it is disrespect to the office of the Acting President to be dragged into cheap political black by subjecting him to commission a park and market when it is clear that even a governor cannot be subject to such embarrassment.
Sir Lucky Worluh who led APC leaders during a press briefing said such local park and market built by the present administration can be commissioned by a local government chairman or a commissioner without inviting the governor.
He said asking the Acting President of Nigeria to commission such kind of project is not only a blackmail but an embarrassment to the office of the Acting President and the APC in Nigeria.
Worluh said: “I want to thank Prof. Osinbanjo and Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi for using their wisdom to avert such political calamity. A lot of governor are doing giant projects here and there including the Lagos State governor none of them have called the Acting President to commission it, how can a President be commissioning a local park and market.
“When Amaechi was governor how many time did he invited the President to commission roads, market and Motor Park. What is the size of road, something that is not up to eight kilometer, Ambode has been doing giant projects without inviting the President who is very close to him, it is all about politics.”
The Public Relations Officer of RMDGG, Comrade Ebere Umetor, said his organization is only happy because the plan to rubbish the Acting President was a disappointment to those who planned it.
“Don’t forget that two days before the Acting President entered Port Harcourt, Governor Wike criticized the Federal government accusing them of dividing the country. They don’t think before doing things.
“How can Wike drag Osinbanjo to commission motor park and market something a commissioner can easily commissioned without inviting the governor of the state, he wanted to rubbish Acting President and the APC.”