The leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has criticised the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, over the sacking of the former commissioner for Health, Prof Princewill Chike, describing the action as dictatorial.
The Publicity Secretary-elect of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone, stated this in a telephone interview with Saturday PUNCH.
Recall that Wike had fired Chike for not seeking the state government’s approval to host the preliminary session of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria in Port Harcourt.
Finebone said, “Such mode of sacking a cabinet member typifies the style of Governor Wike which is more of the style of a dictator. This is not the first time that he has done so.
“If you remember, he sacked the former commissioner for Environment (Dr Tamuno Igbiks), just before the media people. Head or tail, one is rather tired of talking about the knee jack style of Governor Wike.”
“In our case, we believe that God had made arrangements for us to be forgiven on the 29th May, 2023.”
Reacting, the state Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sydney Gbara said Finebone should concern himself with what goes on in his party.
Gbara stated that the APC leader in the State, Rotimi Amaechi, while presiding over the state as governor, had equally sacked commissioners.
He further said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had sacked two ministers recently, asking if Finebone would say the action of the President was dictatorial.
“Perhaps he has forgotten that when Rotimi Amachi was governor of the state, he equally sacked commissioners. Governor Wike is a man of perfection and expects that whoever is working under him does things the way they are supposed to be.
“If you do not do things the way they are supposed to be, he will show you the way out. So, Chris Finebone should concern himself with his party, the APC. We in the PDP want perfection. The governor appointed the commissioner and he has his reasons for firing him,” Gbara stressed.