Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has
slammed the decision by the Rivers State Government to mark the victory of
Governor Nyesom Wike’s court victory through public holidays.
The party said the move would be costly.
APC’s sentiments come hot on the heels of reports the
government had announced today (Friday) was a public holiday to enable workers
go home to participate in the previously scheduled rerun elections for
Earlier, it was announced January 27 every year would be a
public holiday, reportedly to commemorate the recent Supreme Court ruling
endorsing Wike’s controversial election.
Also read: Friday declared a public holiday in Lagos
“Surprisingly, it is obvious that Gov. Nyesom Wike has no
clue about the cost of a single public holiday especially costs occasioned by
loss in man-hours across all sectors of the state economy,” APC Rivers
spokesperson, Chris Finebone said.
“It amounts to obscene and primitive self-adulation and ego
trip to embark on inflicting on the economy of Rivers State, with a fledgling
economy especially at this time of economic downturn, unnecessary waste through
loss of man hours.”
Finebone recalled that on the other hand, the APC recalled
that on October 25, 2007, the Supreme Court declared Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
the elected governor of Rivers State.
“The only event that the former governor ever instituted to
commemorate that day was a thanksgiving service to God all through his eight
years in office as governor,” said Finebone.
“Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi did not declare a single
public holiday on that account throughout his stay as governor of Rivers
- CAJ News