Your Alliance With Atiku Has Not Benefited Ogoniland, Wike Fires Maeba
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has again blasted the Director General of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council in the state, Senator Lee Maeba.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Bori-Kono Road on Friday, Wike said Mbaeba’s alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has not yielded anything tangible for his hometown, Ogoniland.
The governor added that Maeba, who was a Senator from 2003 to 2011, did not bring any project to Ogoniland during his days in the Senate and since not helped develop the area.
Wike added that as a minister, he brought several projects possible to his community and the state in general, asking the former Senator to name one project he brought to the state.
He added that as a governor, he was not only bringing development to his community but also to every other part of the state.
He said: “You (Maeba) were made a senator. Mention one project you brought to the people Of Ogoniland as a distinguished senator. When you were the senator, the presidential candidate of PDP was the Vice President and you said you are close to him. What project did you bring to Ogoniland? No, Ogoni, you people are here.
“Senator Lee Maeba claimed, as a distinguished senator, he was one of the few senators that were close to the Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is now presidential candidate of the PDP,” the governor said.
“Senator Ledogo Maeba, with your closeness then, with your opportunity and privileges, what did you bring to the people of Ogoniland? Mention one project. I went to your community the other day, I saw the school you attended. I cried – how could a senator have attended this kind of school and yet, look at the shape that school is in? Go and see what that school looks like.
“East-West Road, I gave it to you, Lee Maeba, to do. The only thing you got in the Senate was an oil block, which you sold at $15 million. Who has a calculator there? Convert it; come down to 700. Seven hundred (times) 10 is 7 billion, is it not? Seven hundred (times) five will be how many? 3.5! That is, 13.5 billion (naira) was what you got (and) was paid to you (sic).”
Wike also challenged Maeba to mention one Ogoni son or daughter he put on a scholarship or one primary school in Ogoniland he had repaired since his tenure as a senator.
He added: “As a minister, my community never had a school. I brought a school to my community. As a Chief of Staff, I brought roads to my community. You were doing constituency projects. Where is your own in Ogoniland?
“Stop using Ogoni people. Stop telling them lies. No amount of lies you can concoct can change the minds of the people because they know all you are doing is for your selfish interests.
“You said I promised you, governor. I never (did). You said they were calling you here to the throne. Which throne? I don’t have a throne to give anybody. Telling people all kinds of lies. We are not people of violence.”