The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor, of “sneaking” into Rivers State to plot taking over its oil wells and to cause disaffection under the pretence of visiting the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, King Theophilus J.T. Princewill.
Speaking at a solidarity visit to the government house In Port Harcourt by the Kalabari people, the governor lamented that the monarch, Amanyanabo of Kalabari, has allowed his palace to be used by the Bayelsa State governor for a sinister motive which he says is regrettable.
He called on King Theophilus to stop allowing himself to be used to promote divisiveness in the state.
“You can see how people are trying to divide a state. A fellow Governor would come from somewhere to create division,” he said.
Wike stressed that Dickson had been busy working to take the state’s oil resources in Soku and Kula. However, he declared that the state had gone to court in an effort to reclaim the Soku Oil Wells for Rivers State.
Wike said he learnt of the governor's last visit to the monarch's palace, adding, “That day I would have removed him, but I held myself. What they would do is to go to Radio and abuse me. But I am used to insults. I am trying to complain to you people.”
Governor Wike reiterated that Amanyanabo of Kalabari will face sanction if such divisive actions persist.
“If any of such things happen again, I will take the necessary action. I will not listen to any further excuse, that is why I am saying this publicly. Tell him to respect constituted authority. He recognized the peace initiative of the Amanyanabo of Abonnema and urged other traditional rulers to emulate him. Wike emphasized the importance of peace stating that governance is impossible without people. "Work towards peace amongst your people. You cannot live where there is no peace," he said
The Amanyanabo of Kalabari, who is a former Chairman of the Rivers Council of Traditional Rulers and a first-class monarch, could not be reached by reporters for comments yesterday.
However, the monarch's son, Prince Tonye Princewill, in response to the governor's comment, said he doubted that any threat was issued against his father by Governor Wike, stressing that it was not wrong for Seriake Dickson to visit his father.
“What is wrong in my father, the Amanyanabo of Kalabari Kingdom, receiving in his palace (at Buguma-Kalabari, the headquarters of Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State), a fellow Ijaw man, who is the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson?” he said.