Squabble over oil wells: How Ihedioha compromised the goodwill of Rivers people and misled Imo State
… Leaves Imo people with nothing while Rivers leaders laud Wike
Governor Emeka Ihedioha, thrown out of office by the APC before he could even settle down, rode to power in Imo State on the back of the Rivers establishment.
A source close to the Rivers State Government House recalls, “Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP put in just about everything to ensure Emeka’s victory at the polls.
“We were elated when he won. He was supposed to be one of us. It turned out the Imo Governor had other plans.”
Emeka Ihedioha, former Governor and one-time Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives caused the rift between Rivers and Imo States.
“Rather than say thank the Rivers people for the support he got, the former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives repudiated an early understanding entered into between the Rivers and Imo Governments.”
Governor Wike who addressed major stakeholders and elders of the State at Government House revealed the State had won the battle inherited by Uzodinma administration.
President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Peter Odili, two men who influenced the cause of Nigerian democracy after the return to civil rule. Odili (right) made concessions to Imo State.
He explained that under the Odili administration, there was a mutual understanding between the Rivers and Imo State Governments.
That pact, he revealed, was designed to find a political solution, engender good neighbourliness and exterminate disputes among their common boundaries
According to the Governor, the agreement stipulated that the Governments of the two States would share proceeds from mineral resources found on their common boundaries on a 50-50 percent basis.
Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nyesom Wike.
Governor Ihedioha reneged on the understanding when he took power and wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the transfer of the areas in dispute and all the resources therefrom to the Imo State Government.
The Imo State Government also demanded that the N15 billion accruing to Rivers State be forfeited to it.
The President, Wike told stakeholders, acceded to the illogical demand made by the Imo State Government.
This led the Rivers State Government to file a matter at an Abuja High Court, which the State won.
Thereafter, the Imo State Government filed an appeal at an appellate court and lost while the Rivers State Government proceeded upstairs to the Supreme Court for further judicial interpretations.
Governor Nyesom Wike said the Supreme Court and given all the resources lying in the boundary areas between Ndoni and Egbema communities to Rivers State in its landmark decision.
The judgement delivered by the Supreme Court declared that the 17 Oil Wells located in the Ndoni and Egbema areas belong to Rivers State. .
As things are, “the half bread that the Imo people were eating”, have been taken away on account of the obvious greed exhibited by the governors of Imo State who knew the truth about the political solution offered by the Rivers State Government.
In the meantime, Rivers leaders have been hailing their Governor.
Elder statesman, Chief Freddy Anabraba lauded Governor Wike for constantly protecting the interest of the Rivers man.
He said the Supreme Court victory in the month of May is very significant and described it as a good sign about things to come.
Chief Celestine Omehia praised the courage and commitment of Governor Nyesom Wike, saying Rivers people would ever be grateful for his exploits while in office.
Eze Sergeant Awuse, First Class Traditional Ruler of Emohua noted that Wike’s protection of Rivers interests have shown that he would be able to protect the interest of the nation as president.
Chief Abiye Sekibo said Wike’s defence of Rivers interests indicated that he would not only defend Nigerian interests , but also Rivers interests if elected president.
Senator George Sekibo assured the governor of the undiluted support of the Rivers caucus in the National Assembly while the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly declared that enemies and opponents of Governor Wike will be proud of his effort to protect what belongs to Rivers people.
Governor Uzodinma floored by Wike in the battle for the 17 oil wells at the Supreme Court.
Ambassador Desmond Akawor, Chairman of Rivers PDP
Chairman of the State PDP, Desmond Akawor chastised an unnamed Rivers son who uncharitably disposed of viable Rivers assets and colluded with the Imo people to take control of oil wells which belong to the Rivers people.
He said the Supreme Court has proved that no conspiracy against Rivers State will succeed, stressing the revenue that the state would earn from the returned oil wells would be used to facilitate the pace of development.
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