Opunabo Inko-Tariah, a former special adviser to former governor Wike, has questioned Wike’s insistence on having control over the political structures in Rivers state, pointing out that Wike was not subject to outside influence during his own administration.
He also contested the notion that Rivers State had an innate structure, claiming that Peter Odili, a former governor, had a significant impact on the state’s political climate.
He emphasized the development of political structures, pointing out that each had its own unique structure under Odili and later under Rotimi Amaechi.
He said in an interview with AIT, ”Did he [Wike] allow anybody to control him when he was governor? Talking about structure, what structure are you talking about? Did Wike come down with any structure from heaven, Peter Odili as a governor had a structure.
The godfather of modern-day structure in Rivers State should be Peter Odili. The then Rivers state was more or less a PDP system. After Peter Odili, Rotimi Amaechi had his own structure. So what structure are you talking about?”