Wike: Why We Dissolved Executive Council

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By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained that the dissolution of the state executive council was done in consultation with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The governor had at the weekend dissolved the state executive council, 24 hours after the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George, had resigned and two days after the governor had sacked the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Bathuel Harrison.

Speaking during the election thanksgiving service in honour of the Majority Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Ogu yesterday, Wike explained that the dissolution was done to rejig the machinery of government to move the state forward.

He said: “This is when you know those who are loyal and those who are not loyal. There is no crack in government. We are working together. The dissolution was done in consultation with the leadership of PDP in the state.

“You must work with those who are loyal. Those who are not loyal will be shown the way out. Those who are loyal will come back. When you are going into another dispensation, you have to put things in order.” The governor said the dissolution of the state executive council was done at the appropriate time, adding that most other states had already dissolved their respective executive councils.

“In government, there are those who are hungry to come in and those who wish to go. If you are a political appointee, you must expect any eventuality,” he said.

The governor said the administration would continue to deliver on its promises to the people. He particularly lauded the Majority Whip of the Rivers House of Assembly, Mr. Evans Bipi for his unwavering loyalty.