Delta State governor cum vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democrat Party, Ifeanyi Okowa, is currently under fire for his alleged poor performance as a governor, with many comparing him with his counterpart in Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
The criticisms against Okowa heightened on Friday after Wike revealed that the accumulated 13% derivation funds which Rivers and other Niger Delta states were owed since 1999 were recently paid by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Wike, who noted that it would be unfair not to tell the public about this development, was quoted by Bashir Ahmad, Buhari’s aide on New Media, as saying: “Monies that were not paid to the Niger Delta states since 1999 – the 13% deductions monies that were not paid, Mr President (Muhammadu Buhari) approved and paid all of us from the Niger Delta states, and for me, it would be unfair not to tell the public.- Gov. Wike of Rivers.”
Reacting, Nigerians called out Okowa for not showing how Delta State funds are being spent whereas Nyesom Wike is continuously commissioning projects in his state.
@HiikyaaTor wrote: “Gov Wike has exposed Okowa!!! Dear Deltans, do not wait until 2023, ask Okowa what he has done with your money!!! Where is the 13% from the federation… How can Wike be commissioning projects every week?”
Meanwhile, Wike had thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the release of the funds even though Rivers State is governed by an opposition party.
He also emphasised that the money was not from Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).
In his words: “But the truth is that and let me say it for the first time, so many people ask me, where is he getting this money from? Let me say it and I want the Attorney General to thank Mr President, for monies that were not paid to the Niger Delta states between 1999, the 13% deductions, money that was not paid, Mr President approved and paid all of us from Niger Delta states, and for me, it will be unfair not to tell the public.
“It is not from FAAC money as paid to me as Rivers state, Delta state, Akwa Ibom state, Edo state, Bayelsa state, I thank God and I can say it and that is why today since 2019 till now, yesterday we commissioned the 9th flyover, on December we will commission the 10th flyover, by February next year, we will commission the 11th and 12th flyover.
“The other day we commissioned a cancer centre which we named after our leader, Dr Peter Odili. Julius Berger built it and charged us N25.9 billion, equipped by General Electric, we paid, and no one naira is being owed.
“So I want to sincerely from my heart and on behalf of the government and people of the state, thank Mr President for this because as an opposition government he could have as well said don’t pay and you can’t do anything.’’