What is not news is, Governor Chiyesom Wike’s media aide Mr. Opunabo Inko-Tariah, resigned last week amid the tribunal ruling stripping the Governor of his candidacy and accusations of abuse of power from his rivals.
Mr. Opunabo Inko-Tariah who said unfolding developments in the State indicated that his services were no longer needed. It appears, the former media aide, may be the first of the many that will be seeking greener pastures, as more pressure mounts in the coming days.
Governor Wike was miffed over the comment by Inko-Tariah, who described the dismissal of the Governor’s appeal by the Supreme Court on the relocation of election tribunal to Abuja and the nullification of his election as ” judicial gang up” and “Judicial terrorism.”
In his letter of resignation made available to journalists, Inko-Tariah accused his boss of starving him of funds and stubbornness in heading professional media advice.
He stated that he has been under intense pressure performing his duties, adding that for five months, he operated as the media aide to the governor without funds.
Inko-Tariah, who is a trained journalist and publisher of HardTruth, a Port Harcourt based tabloid was an ally of immediate past governor, Chibuike Amaechi, before joining the political camp of Governor Wike.
He was the secretary to the media and publicity committee of Wike campaign team before his appointment. He was also a virulent critic of former Governor Amaechi and and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ironically, in a swift reaction, the APC in Rivers state, in a statement issued by Chris Finebone, its publicity secretary, hailed Inko-Tariah’s action as courageous for finally deciding to dump Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.
The party called on all well meaning Rivers people to dump the Wike’s government as the party opined that the governor never prepared to govern the state but to propagate personal agenda.
It will be recalled that the election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja and headed by Justice Suleiman Ambrosa on Saturday, October 24 nullified the April 11, 2015 election that produced Wike as governor of Rivers state.