The rift between governor Nyesom Wike of rivers state and his Bayelsa state counterpart Governor Seriake Dickson may have deepen as Wike in a counter live broadcast accused Seriake Dickson of playing with God by confessing what he is not and flirting with numerous women even when he confessed to being a Christian.
Gov. Wike spoke in reaction to claims by the outgoing Bayelsa governor that he (Wike) was playing up the Soku oil wells dispute as a ploy to create disunity among the Ijaw people and also to cover up the deliberate underdevelopment of Ijaw communities in Rivers.
Wike in the live media chat at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday, said it was wrong for Dickson to accuse him of not developing the Ijaw area of Rivers State.
“What Governor Dickson said was uncalled for; what disharmony am I causing in Ijaw land? I am protecting what belongs to the people (Soku oil wells). It is the governor of Bayelsa State that is causing crisis among Ijaw people by taking what belongs to Rivers.
“He (Dickson) should go to Andoni, Asari-Toru, Akuku-Toru, Opobo and other Ijaw areas in Rivers State and see what I have done. The APC told Dickson to go to Rivers State and see what is happening. Go to Yenagoa, what you see there are heaps of refuse. It is only one road leading to Yenagoa.
“Oshiomhole said he (Dickson) used N100bn to construct an airport, but he said it is N70bn. He is leaving office in the next one and half months and the airport is not working. Dickson cannot, in all ramifications, compare with me in terms of development.”
“I am doing three flyovers. But in Bayelsa, he has no taste; he has no class. Today, you enter Golden Tulip Hotel through Government House. Let him come out and challenge me in a public debate.”
Governor Wike also claimed that if not for the role played by the Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dickson would have defected to the APC.
He said, “Dickson had concluded arrangement to join the APC; it was Timipre Sylva that blocked him,” dismissing claim that he was at war with Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states governments as a result of oil resources.
On the sum of N5.6bn deducted from Rivers account on the claim that the state was indebted to Akwa Ibom State over an oil well issue, Wike said his administration had gone to court for the funds to be returned to the Rivers account.
But the National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday said the PDP national leadership had intervened in the disagreement between the two governors.
Ologbondiyan, in a statement, said the PDP national leadership, having noted the issues, had activated the party’s internal reconciliation mechanism to settle the matter amicably.
He said, “The PDP recognizes that the tone of disagreement between the two respected governors was skin-deep and only borne out of their love and zeal for their respective states.
“The PDP leadership hereby urges both Governors Wike and Dickson, as eminent leaders and front line stakeholders in our party, to sheathe their swords while the leadership harmoniously resolves the issue.”
“We therefore assure all our leaders, critical stakeholders, members and supporters of our great party, particularly in Rivers and Bayelsa states, to remain calm and united as the issue is already being resolved.”
He added, “The PDP restates that it remains one big indivisible family and will not allow anything to undermine its unity and focus, especially at this trying time in the history of our nation.”