Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, on Sunday, December 11, 2016 lambasted the chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti- Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay describing him as “as a false intellectual with a broken moral compass and beneficiary of the current dictatorship of the All Progressives Congress-led government”.
The governor, in a statement issued by the state’s commissioner for information and communication, Austin Tam- George said Professor Sagay, who is also a senior advocate of Nigeria, is frustrated owing to the inability of the APC to overrun the state and loot its treasury dry.
The governor was responding to an interview granted by Sagay in which he said the desperation of politicians in Rivers led by Governor Wike is making it impossible for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a free and fair election in the state.
According to Sagay “Definitely, INEC is doing very well now. The case of Rivers state is not the fault of INEC in any way because we have totally determined and desperate politicians, led by the state governor, Nyesom Wike. These ones are determined that there will be no free and fair elections in Rivers state.”
Tam- George said contrary to Sagay’s claim, Governor Wike has consistently called for credible poll in Rivers while urging the people to defend their right to freely choose their leaders with their blood.
“Prof. Sagay is an irresponsible defender of the APC’s regime of impunity. He is a happy beneficiary of the current dictatorship. No one in Nigeria takes Sagay with a pint of seriousness. He is one of the pseudo-intellectuals seduced by the honey of power”.
“Sagay’s incessant and unwarranted attacks on governor Wike betray his frustration at the repeated failures of the APC government to overrun Rivers State, and loot the State’s treasury”.
“Governor Wike has consistently called for a free, fair and transparent electoral process in Rivers State. This is a sovereign and non-negotiable right of the Rivers people. And we will defend this right with the last drop of our blood”.
“Our leaders will never be chosen for us by any one from Katsina, Abuja or Sambisa Forest.
Sagay is a false intellectual with a broken moral compass” the statement said.