Buhari has withheld the ‘support fund’ of Rivers because of my opposition— Wike

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By Editor

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has denied Rivers State its share of the budget support fund due to his opposition to the government.

Wike claimed that other states had received the fund except for Rivers, alleging that it was purely due to his criticism of the regime.

He was quoted to have said this on Saturday during the commissioning of three road projects by James Ibori, former Delta State governor.

Simeon Nwakaudu, his spokesman, quoted Wike as saying, “Nothing will stop me from defending Niger Delta and Rivers state. They denied Rivers state government support fund which has been given to all other states.

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“They denied Rivers state this fund, claiming that I should stop criticising the federal government. Stopping our funds will not stop me from defending Niger Delta and Rivers state.”

The governor said in spite of the situation, his administration will continue to embark on development projects in the state.

“The residents of this area will agree with me that their roads were not motorable. I resolved that we must reconstruct the roads”, he said.

The commissioning was witnessed by Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


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