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Ex-Wike’s Aide Defects To APC, thanks Amaechi for His Support

River state governor Nyesome Wike

By Collins Amadi

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, Mr. Opunabo Inko-Tariah, has defected joined the league of fresh defectors from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement issued Thursday, Inko-Tariah commended the immediate past Governor of the state, now Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, for assisting him when he was ill.

The former SA admitted that he had criticized Amaechi in the past, but it was instructive that the same Amaechi called and sympathized with him.

Inko-Tariah reasoned to reciprocate Amaechi’s gesture, he would try his best to ensure that the State APC Governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is elected the Governor of the South South State if the Court orders for a re-run.

He added that it was surprising that a man he “censured, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, CON, the Hon. Minister of Transport, was the same person who showed unsolicited love and care.

“It was reinvigorating when he called to sympathize and also gave his widow’s mite while I was already in the United States for medical treatment after reading my resignation letter. How compassionate can a man be!

“On my support for Hon. (Dr.) Dakuku Peterside, it is only natural that one reciprocates gestures. Therefore, I state my support for Rt. Hon. Amaechi and Dr. Peterside for the love they have shown.

“More so, Dr. Peterside is a man whose refreshing initiatives and articulated policy options will help refuel the ethos of good governance in Rivers State” Inko-Tariah said.

While narrating his ordeal, “As the special adviser to the Governor, I fell in the bathroom and sustained serious head injuries. Two days later, I went to the office with the injury and all that the Governor said was ‘thank God, you are alive’. Nothing after that”.

“I had a close shave with death as my car was riddled with bullets. The Governor did not bother to, at least, ask what happened. Even when I puked blood and he was informed, he showed no concern” Inko-Tariah recalled.


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