Combative Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has blamed part of the crises that rocked his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on his political foes. According to him, some of the PDP crises were spearheaded by people who, ‘’in secret meetings’’, plotted to bring him down.
He asserted that all those who engaged in one clandestine activity or the other against his administration, to pull it down, have experienced utter disappointment, adding that no one of such persons have survived achieving their plots.
Governor Wike made the revelation at the Special Thanksgiving Service organised to celebrate the appointment of Justice Simeon Chibuzor Amadi, as the Chief Judge of the state, at St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Elibrada Parish, in Emohua Local Government Area on Sunday.
Wike stated that nobody can tamper with who God has ordained, because but for God, he would not have become the governor of Rivers.
“Recently, you heard there was some crises in the PDP. Everybody who was involved, that plotted everything for my downfall, all are out. Everyone, that slept, that went to a meeting, planning how they’re going to bring me down, not one survived”, he said.
The governor also alluded that similar plot was contrived when the former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra, was to be appointed, but they also failed no matter how hard they tried.
He then wondered why somebody will render services for the interest of Rivers and when it is time for appointment, people started to conspire and even tried plotting against his administration.
“When your predecessor, (Justice Iyayi-Lamikanra) was appointed, you have said here that people came to you to say she’s not from Rivers. Such people are enemies of the state. That is why this country cannot move forward.
“Somebody who has put his or her life serving the state all through her career, making sure that the state moves forward, and at the time of benefits, you now say the person is not from your state. But all the services rendered was for the interest of your state.
‘’When your predecessor was appointed, people started to conspire, people started to plot against my government. Your colleagues, some of them started conspiring. I said, well, what will be will be. I do know that it is God that made me to become governor. Nobody will survive to plot the downfall of my government. Nobody will survive it.”
He explained that when Justice Iche Ndu retired as the Chief Judge of the state, the judiciary was plunged into crisis, resulting in the shutting down of the court for some years.
According to him, even when the state did not have a substantive chief judge, billions of Naira were signed off steadily in the state judiciary. Reports of the committee that was set up by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) indicted some principal judicial staff, some of who were eventually promised to be shielded by somebody who had hoped to become a chief judge.
“And so the JSC has to set up a committee to investigate it because there was no chief judge, but look at the record, billions are being spent. Who is responsible of this expenditure?
“You can’t believe it, some registrars were using that opportunity to make money. You can’t believe the kind of houses people at that level could will build within that period, and they were found guilty.
“Some one who believes that he or she will be the next chief judge had to interfere with that investigation, and security picked it up. And simply because some of them are from the same community and she said, when I become chief judge I will set aside that indictment by the JSC, security picked it up. That was how you(Justice Amadi) became the chief judge.”
Wike acknowledged the role played by former Governor Peter Odili, who appointed Justice Amadi to be a Judge of the state high court, and also ensured that Ikwerre produced governor of Rivers.
Continuing, he said it is not out of place for the Ikwerre to stand always with the Odilis because of his love for them and consider what affects them to affect the Ikwerre too since one good turn deserves another.
He then enjoined the Chief Judge to be diligent in his duties, assertive in achieving results, utilise money meant for the judiciary judiciously and desist being vindictive.
Justice Amadi in his speech acknowledged that only God deserves all the thanks for his benevolence over his life, and his appointment as Chief Judge, noting that God uses men to accomplish his will and Governor Wike was God’s instrument to make that appointment possible.
In his sermon at the service, Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta and Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ikwerre, Blessing Enyindah, said it is only God who can raise any person from obscurity to prominence.
He stressed that God expects those who have so enjoyed His grace and mercies in areas of good health, business successes and promotion to gladly acknowledge it by returning to thank him.
Archbishop Enyindah enjoined Justice Amadi who he said God has raised among other judges to become the chief judge of Rivers to not only thank God in the church as he has returned to do but be determined to continually discharge his duties conscientiously and give justice to the people.