Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and his former Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, John Bazia, clashed on Channels TV over the recent defections between the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in the state.
The former commissioner described Governor Wike as a thug and it sparked some controversy on the channel.
John Bazia “The governor, Wike, I must tell you (that) all those who are with him, they know what they are going through. But you have been seeing him on TV and the way he has been behaving in Nigeria. Sometimes, you will be baffled if that is an enlightened and educated mind; the way he carries himself. He forgets that he holds the exalted position, the office of the governor. He behaves like a thug”
Wike hit back at him and as he questioned why he decided to be with a thug as he knew he(Wike) was nothing to write home about.
Governor Wike said ”You sit down there and somebody who said I appointed him had the temerity, the audacity to say I behave like a thug, and you are asking me that question to react to what somebody I appointed (as commissioner).
Now, look at the kind of characters we have and these are the kinds of people that you want me to respond to: somebody who stole the ‘kola’ of traditional rulers and up till now, he has not gone to court to challenge our saying (allegation) that he stole ‘kola’ given to traditional rulers and clergymen.
Why did he not resign when he was commissioner? When I won my second tenure, he was lobbying that I was going to bring him back, but when I appointed another commissioner, he knew that he would not come back.”