Peterside Accuses Wike of Meddling In APC Affairs

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The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside says he will consult
with his family and God before revealing his decision as regards
contesting for the governorship of Rivers State come 2019.
Dr Peterside, who stated this in Port Harcourt at the weekend while
appearing on a magazine radio programme, View Point, stressed
that at the appropriate time he would make his intention known.
According to him, “I will consult with my family and God, only then
can I come out to say anything. Whatever my intention is, I will
make it known then.”
Recall that Dr Peterside was the Rivers State governorship
candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015
general elections.
He spoke on several issues happening in the state including soot,
seeming crisis in Rivers APC and his impression of what the
Governor Nyesom Wike has done despite the revenues that have
accrued the state in the last three years.
The NIMASA boss particularly blamed the government for the soot
that is presently ravaging the state, pointing out that the inability of
the Wike-led administration to create employment opportunities
and provide business-friendly environment is responsible for the
menace.
Speaking on what he could have done if he was the governor, he
explained that he would end illegal through the provision of
opportunities for the youth and create the right environment for
investment to thrive so that the people can be gainfully employed.
Said he: “If you don’t put in the right thought process into an
action, you won’t get the result. You have to create entrepreneurial
opportunities, create the right environment for entrepreneurs to
thrive, you have to create skills that will enable them to tap into
opportunities that are available.”
On the seeming crisis in the Rivers State chapter of the APC, he
attributed it to the “monkey hand in the soup” and refusal by some
people to explore internal party structures to resolve disputes.
“In a big party, there would be different tendencies. What is seen
as an internal crisis in Imo state is a struggle for the party
structure and the national working committee of the party has
intervened, the vice president of the country as a leader of the
party has intervened. These are people who understand what it
means to seek proper internal channels of the party to resolve
issues; they didn’t approach any court.
“In Ekiti, indeed, they had an election that ended in a stalemate,
they have also sought internal party processes to resolve their
issues, they didn’t approach any court. But because we have a
monkey hand in the soup, as they would say and I put that in
quote, our case in Rivers is different. The democratic path is to
create institutions where you can seek redress within the party,” he
stressed.
Dr Peterside advised those who have disputes within the party to
explore internal processes before heading to court.
“There is an appeal panel, have they approached the panel? If they
are not satisfied, they can approach the National Working
Committee (NWC) and of course, the National Executive Committee
(NEC) of the party. So it is clearly the voice of Jacob and the hand
of Esau,” he stated.
On the issue of protests around the Judiciary complex last Friday
in Port Harcourt, he said from what he has been told, some of the
protesters were led by PDP chieftains in the state, just as some
people who may be members of the APC were also protesting.
He vehemently denied being aware of the protest and that at no
time did he mobilise anybody to embark on the protest, even
though he stated that the right to protest is part of democracy

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