Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi should not be walking free if our democracy is truly practiced in Nigeria.
Wike said this while responding to questions asked him by the African Independent Television (AIT) at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
He added that his predecessor’s move to shutdown the State Judiciary during his time in office, was an act of sabotage to the rights of the people.
“With due respect to President Muhammadu Buhari, I think he shouldn’t have had such a man as a Minister. He (Amaechi) should be in jail for violation of human rights.”
“How can somebody oversee the locking up of the judiciary? There was nowhere for people to ventilate their anger. Contracts were breached and people cannot go to court. People relied on police to settle their differences.”
“A woman was detained the day she was to be given bail. A pregnant woman was to be given bail right on the day the courts were shut down. The woman gave birth in prison. Imagine that kind of a harrowing experience. And that is the man they say is one of the best Governors. No, he is not the best Governor,” Wike said.
When asked about Amaechi’s educational projects such as the building model schools, he said the funds were mainly wasted.
“You know my former Governor; I worked with him, so I know him too well. When he is flying with people in the helicopter, he will be pointing his fingers and telling them see that school there, I built it. He is that kind of man. If he hadn’t started something, he would kill it.”
“But when I see a project that will impact the lives of the people, I complete it. The Degema General Hospital which he started has been completed but when I see a political project, I have no business. So many roads he (Amaechi) did not do and the once he did not complete, I completed them.”