OYOGist.com has learned that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and Ex APC National party chairman, Adams Oshiomhole were on each other’s matters at the official presentation of “The Big Interviews,” a book written by Mr Eric Osagie,the former Managing Director of the Sun Publishing Limited.
The disagreement arose when Oshiomhole was called to make a few remarks before the unveiling of the collection. In his usual way,Oshiomhole drew applauds from the crowd with his the statement he made as he called on journalists and generally the media to be more bold especially on the subjects of men in power.
Buttressing his statement with an example of a situation that occurred when a foreign journalist once interviewed an unnamed Nigerian President a few years ago on the penalty and correction of population control, Oshiomhole said the ex-President was wrong to have addressed the subject matter when Nigerians were yet to know the number of his children and wives.
“How could he speak on population control when Nigerians didn’t even know the number of his wives, both registered and unregistered? Nigerians didn’t know the number of his children and I think leaders should learn to practice what they preach,” Oshiomhole said.
Although some members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which are his rivals politically, responded to him in a sarcastic manner.The People’s Democratic Party National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus managed to return some salvaging replies in response to his earlier statement.
Governor Wike was who could be addressed as “the father of the day” as he brought the high capacity Atiku Abubakar Auditorium at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja,which is the venue where the art work was launched down with laughter and excitement after attacking both Adams Oshiomole and Dakuku Adol-Peterside verbally.
Governor Wike also slammed the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dakuku Adol-Peterside regarding his earlier remarks. Dakuku Adol-peterside urged the media to portray Nigeria in a good light in their various reports and findings to attract investors and strengthen the country’s economy, as painting the country otherwise, who do more harm than Good and investors would easily reconsider their investment in a different country.
Responding to dakuku’s statement, Wike said: “Without the states, there can be no Nigeria. You want people to speak well of the country but you are running down your own state. Practice what you preach.” Although, the NIMASA Boss had left when the Governor stated this salvaging reply, after excusing himself earlier on, that he had to attend to “some important official issues,” as he tagged it.
“Let me begin from where the APC national chairman stopped,” he began, in his trademark voice. “Where are some of you who did Occupy Nigeria? Do you still write and speak the way you used to do? Who are those now sponsoring all manner of bills against free speech?” he asked as Oshiomhole and his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun reeled in laughter.
Continuing, Wike accused the All Progressive Congress of what he called an intentional arrangement to misdirect Nigerians into believing that he still wears the khaki of old when he was a labour leader, saying “the kind of safari he wears now are different.” Wike added.