Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Friday, blasted a former senator representing Rivers South-East, Lee Maeba, for contributing nothing to the upliftment of his Ogoni people when he represented them in the Nigerian Senate from 2003-2011, despite claiming that he is close with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, who was vice president then.
Wike, who spoke at the commissioning of the Bori-Kono Road in the state, said as a minister, he had made several projects possible in his community. He added that as a governor, he was not only bringing development to his community but also to every other part of the state.
According to him, the only thing Maeba got in the Senate was an oil block for himself, which he sold at $15 million.
The Rivers State governor also said that the former senator had never trained any Ogoni son or daughter in school, not even primary school.
“You (Maeba) were made a senator. Mention one project you brought to the people Of Ogoniland as a distinguished senator. When you were the senator, the presidential candidate of PDP was the Vice President and you said you are close to him. What project did you bring to Ogoniland? No, Ogoni, you people are here.
“Senator Lee Maeba claimed, as a distinguished senator, he was one of the few senators that was close to the Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is now presidential candidate of the PDP,” the governor said.
“Senator Ledogo Maeba, with your closeness then, with your opportunity and privileges, what did you bring to the people of Ogoniland? Mention one project. I went to your community the other day, I saw the school you attended. I cried – how could a senator have attended this kind of school and yet, look at the shape that school is in? Go and see what that school looks like.
“East-West Road, I gave it to you, Lee Maeba, to do. The only thing you got in the Senate was an oil block, which you sold at $15 million.Who has a calculator there? Convert it; come down to 700. Seven hundred (times) 10 is 7 billion, is it not? Seven hundred (times) five will be how many? 3.5! That is, 13.5 billion (naira) was what you got (and) was paid to you (sic).”
He challenged Maeba to mention one Ogoni son or daughter he put on a scholarship or one primary school in Ogoniland he had repaired since his tenure as a senator.
“As a minister, my community never had a school. I brought a school to my community. As a chief of staff, I brought roads to my community. You were doing constituency projects. Where is your own in Ogoniland?
“Stop using Ogoni people. Stop telling them lies. No amount of lies you can concoct can change the minds of the people because they know all you are doing is for your selfish interests.
“You said I promised you governor. I never (did). You said they were calling you here to the throne. Which throne? I don’t have a throne to give anybody. Telling people all kinds of lies. We are not people of violence,” Wike said.