Wike is threatening the peace in Rivers state – Ikwerre community

Chief Nyesom Wike

The Ikwerre Political Forum, IPF, has said it would not support the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, if he decides to contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in Rivers State.

IPF said the Minister’s ambition is self-serving, especially that the state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, also from Ikwerre is occupying the same position.

Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Friday, the lawmaker representing Ikwerre/Emohua Constituency, Chief Andrew Uchendu said the Ikwerre people are peaceful and believe in rotation.

According to him, “Ogbakor-Ikwerre, which is the umbrella body of the Ikwerre ethnic nationality has also taken a positive step that they will not support any other Ikwerre candidate going to challenge other ethnic groups in the state from aspiring for governorship election because they have taken their turn.

We cannot support any of our own to challenge other tribes to run for the governorship ticket in 2015.”

He further condemned the statements credited to Wike, who last weekend allegedly stated that those who think that they can destroy Obio-Akpor (Local Government Council) will not sleep with their two eyes closed.

The lawmaker who recalled that the people of Ikwerre rejoiced when Wike was appointed Minister in 2011, decried that the Minister “has now become a threat to Rivers people. We think that the conduct is condemnable and it is not in the character of Ikwerre people to be so arrogant, violent and uncontrollable.”

“If anything takes place in any part of Ikwerre land or Rivers State, Nigerians should hold Chief Nyesom Wike responsible. This is the position of Ikwerre National Forum,” Uchendu said.

The group, while puncturing claims that Wike installed Amaechi as Governor of Rivers State, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to call him to order in the interest of peace.