Gov. Nyesom Wike: “Committed an impeachable offence by appointing 200,000 special advisers to buy votes…”
Say it in the Headquarters of the 23 Local Government Areas that the terror grip on the state has started falling apart.
Let the women in Abua-odual, Asa, Etche, Omuma, Egene, Eleme, Ibani, Obolo, Ikwerre, Kalabari, Ogonis, Eleme & the Oba, Egbama and Ndoni rejoice in dancing that Emperor and Pharaoh of the State has started tasting the bitter pill of disgrace of his dictatorship.
At first, he came as a fury Fire as he dishes out his Executive Order 21 and, thereafter, dragging all the Political Parties in the State other than the PDP to the Federal High Courts asking for disqualification of their Candidates from House of Assembly to the House of Representatives, Senate and the Governorship.
Thereafter, he went after his Party members who are in support of the Presidential Candidature of Alhalji Atiku Abubakar, by revoking their Certificate of Occupancy, sealing some of their filling stations, dethroning some of them and asking them to refund large sums of money to him.
Also he sent his thugs and mad dogs to go after the supporters of the said Presidential Candidate, including sending group of thugs to their homes like that of Senator Lee Miaba and the incidences in Okrika and Omuma. Removing posters and Bill boards carrying the face of the PDP Presidential flag bearer and his Vice, everywhere in the State.
Furthermore he came up with another obnoxious Law called Executive Order 22, wherein he asked all the Political Parties to shut down their offices in the GRA and also stopped their Parties Campaign from their GRA Offices, except they obtain approval from him.
He has continuously boasted of having the Security Agencies and the Judiciary in his pocket. He came out roaring like a lion every day in the News Televisions, radio, newspapers and in the social media, saying that nobody can Campaign in Rivers State without his approval.
In shot there are no other contestants in the state other than his Party “PDP” candidates in the various elections in 2023, making the people to believe that he is the strongest man or the semi/demi god of the State.
But surprisingly, his fall has started and he will certainly fall, with the Pronouncement of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the National Security Adviser (NSA).
In the maiden statements of the Inspector General of Police, he warned all the Governors against frustrating opposition Parties Campaign. He also directed the Commissioners of Police in every State against stopping opposition Parties Campaign ahead of the 2023 Elections.
The National Security Adviser (NSA) also warned Governors from obstructing opposition Parties from Campaigns. He further said the Security Agencies are coming after the thugs of the Governors ahead of the 2023 Elections.
As if that was not enough warning or Signal to the fall of the Governor Nyesom Wike, the Court of Appeal, sitting in Port Harcourt came out hard on the Governor, his Party and their collaborators by setting aside two Federal High Court Judgments in Port Harcourt that invalidated the nomination of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), and the African Democratic Party (ADC), State Assembly candidates in Rivers State.
The Court of Appeal unanimously delivered their judgment, manned by a three man Panel, led by Hon. Justice Gabriel Kolawale, granting the prayers of the Applicants who are ADP and ADC.
According to the judgment which was delivered by Hon. Justice Gabriel Kolawale, said the lower court ordinarily should not have entertained the suit, insisting that the two Political Parties Candidates for the position of the state House of Assembly were validly nominated and could participate in the forthcoming Election.
After this Court of Appeal judgment, the various Federal High Courts are now dismissing the cases brought before them by the PDP against the other Political Parties in the State, starting with the Accord and African Alliance Party.
This new development has really crumbled the Governor’s evil desires, which has started falling like the pack of cards.
Let’s examine some of the actions of the Emperor, Pharaoh and Hitler of Rivers State whether or not they are in tandem with the Laws of the Land.
1. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER 21 & 22.
I. The right of the Governor to issue Executive Order 21 & 22 is inconsistent with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The Position of chapters 1 section 1 subsection 1-3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended states as follows:
“If any Law is inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, the Constitution shall prevail, and that other law shall, to the extent of it’s inconsistently be void”.
The Power to make laws and regulations relating to Elections in Nigeria is vested in the second schedule of chapter 4 which provides for the Legislative power in item 22 of the Exclusive Legislative list of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The management of Elections in Nigeria is also defined in the electoral Act 2022, which give regulatory Powers to INEC.
These Executive order 21 & 22 of the Governor of Rivers State also offense the following Sections of the 1999 Constitution as amended and The Electoral Act 2022 and Act 2020 Cap p 42 of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In addition, the Executive orders are also contrary to the following laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
✓ Chapter IV, section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
✓ Chapter V part II, section 90-139 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
✓ Chapter VI part II section 176-252 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
✓ Section 91-95 of the Electoral Act 2022.
From the above provisions of the cited Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it’s very clear that the Executive orders of the Emperor, Pharaoh and Hitler of Rivers State “Chief Nyesom Wike” are inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution as amended, which is the highest law and other relevant laws of Nigeria.
Summarily, it will be proper to say that these Executive Orders of the Governor were made in bad faith, targeted at intimidating, harassing, coarsing and victimizing the other Political Parties in the State.
In addition to the obnoxious Executive orders which are null & void in the eyes of the Laws of Nigeria, the Governor also committed an impeachable offence by appointing 200,000 special advisers to buy Votes in the upcoming 2023 Elections, without first and foremost following the due process of presenting same to the Rivers State House Assembly for approval in the line with Section 196 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, for the House to approve the number of Special advisers needed to be appointed.
He did not also provide for their salaries and allowances in 2022 appropriation Act, which itself is contrary to the procurement Act 2007 as amended in 2022 and the Rivers State Bereau of Public Procurement law No. 4 of 2008.
The Emperor, Pharaoh and Hitler of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has also default in many other ways in the law of the Rivers State Bereau of Public Procurement law No. 4, by awarding contract to various contractors of his choice and also gave out Billions of Naira and Dollars to them, without following the due process as enshrined in the Rivers State Bereau of Procurement law No. 4.
Finally, the Governor who is also known as Uncle Donatus, has been dishing out Rivers State money at will anytime he wishes to do so, without recourse to the approval of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Knowing too well that Executive Orders 21& 22 are not enforceable laws, he has directed his rubber stamp House of Assembly to quickly pass them into law as empowered in Chapter V Part 11 Sections 90 to 139, forgetting that The State House of Asembly has no Powers under the law to Legislate on the matter in the Exclusive Legislative list such as item 22 which deal with Electoral matters except Local Government Election. So whatever law passed by the Rivers State House of Assemble on Election matters are still null and void as it is inconsistent with the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
I, therefore, appeal to the people of Rivers State to be calm, as in a matters of days the Emperor & Dictator will be no more, as the Bible say “in the book of Psalms 37: 10 “for a little while you will find the wicked but he will be no where to be found.”
Certainly he will vomit all the State resources he has wrongly squandered and wasted without the authority from the State. These money he’s throwing around belongs to Rivers people and he will certainly be made to account for every Kobo spent very soon.
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heaven Eccl. 3 : 1-11., therefore weep no more for our salvation is near for Jehovah, the Creator of Heaven and the Earth will not forsake the people of Rivers State, particularly the oil bearing Communities, who are still living in squalors, despite the 13% derivation fund of billions of Naira being collected and plundered by the Governor.
We are all encouraged to come out in numbers and Vote out the reckless, wicked and wasteful administration in the State.
Let’s Vote wisely this time. One man! one vote!!
Long live the good People of Rivers State and may the Almighty God bless you handsomely, as we vote wisely in 2023..
His Highness Anabs Sara-Igbe, is Niger Delta Activist & Elder Statesman.