Nyesom Wike (file photo)
‘As a member of the Federal Executive Council, Wike has full executive powers to administer the FCT according to the vision and dictates of the President who appointed him’
By Valentine Amanze
Abuja-based political group, Movement for the Advancement of National Transformation (MANTRA), has appealed to the Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Ireti Kingibe, to support the efforts of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, in restoring sanity to Abuja.
The group said that Kingibe’s statement that Wike lacked executive powers among other issues in the administration of the FCT was worrisome.
In a statement signed by the Convener, Jude Ndukwe; and Publicity Secretary, Sani Gafar, at the weekend, the group therefore urged the Senator to quit sounding combative in her comments but work with Wike to restore and enhance the Abuja masterplan for the benefit of all.
It, however, implored Senator Kingibe to see Wike as a partner in progress rather than as a competitor.
The group stated: “We are shocked to read the remarks of Senator Ireti Kingibe regarding Wike’s works as FCT minister and wish to state that such outbursts are unnecessary, unhelpful and retrogressive.
“It is not true that Wike as FCT minister does not have executive powers as stated by Senator Kingibe. As a member of the Federal Executive Council, Wike has full executive powers to administer the FCT according to the vision and dictates of the President who appointed him. It is the same for all the ministers and Wike’s cannot be different.”