Let's talk about one of the best Governors that Rivers State has ever had since Nigeria got independence. The man who many say that he came in and got to work immediately on infrastructural development of Rivers State. He is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who currently holds the position of the sixth and current Governor of Rivers State. Here is all you need to know about Nyesom Wike biography, net worth, cars, houses and politics.
Nyesom Wike - the highly revered Governor of the great Rivers State
How rich is Nyesom Wike?, how did he become a Governor in Nigeria?, how did he become one of the richest Politicians in Nigeria?. All these and more you would be finding out after you read this article.
1. Who is Nyesom Wike?
Nyesom Wike was born on the 13th of December 1963, which puts Nyesom Wike's age at 59 years as at when this article was written. Wike attended a Government Secondary School in Obiakpor, Rivers State. He also did his O'Level examinations in this school before proceeding to the University. Nyesom Wike attended the Rivers State University of Science and Technology to obtain a BSc in Law just around October of the year 1997. He currently holds a Masters degree in Political & Administrative studies from the same RSUT Institution.
Nyewom Wike's family starts with his beautiful wife, Her Excellency (Mrs.) Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike. She is a high court judge under the Rivers State Judiciary. The couple are blessed with three lovely children; Jazmyne, Joaquin and Jordan.
Governor Nyesom Wike and his beautiful family
I know you are wondering how Nyesom Wike started his political career in Nigeria?
2. Nyewom Wike Political Career
Well, he started as the Executive Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government in 1999. Wike held down this position until 2007 when he was appointed the Chief of Staff to the then Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi. In July 2011, he was made the Minister of State for Education by President Goodluck Jonathan and was promoted to the Federal Minister of Education in 2013 still under the same era. Wike then made a conscious decision to step down as the Federal Minister to contest in the 2015 gubernatorial elections in his home state under the popular People's Democratic Party umbrella.
Nyesom Wike and his wife doing some Lovey-Dovey public display
2.1. How Wike almost lost the Governorship seat
On May 13, 2015, the Election Tribunal for Rivers State in Abuja commenced the hearing on the election of Wike.
One Dr Dakuku Peterside of the opposing APC party was asking the tribunal to nullify the election of Wike who was declared winner in the governorship poll for Rivers in 2015. Dakuku's call was based on the grounds that the election was won with malpractice and non-compliance with the Electoral Act. After Wike seemed to not be showing up in court for the hearing, the Rivers State governorship elections tribunal nullified the election of Wike on October 24, 2015. The tribunal ordered a rerun of the election in Rivers State within 90 days immediately after this judgement. After going back and forth on court matters, Wike assumed his governorship position and was re-elected in 2019.
2.2. Educational Reform & Projects
Nyesom Wike declared public primary and secondary education free almost immediately he assumed the governorship position. This was accompanied by complaints from the school authorities and appreciation from parents and former teaching staff.
In 2019, Wike through the State Ministry of Education announced free JAMB registration for the locals of the State. During his second term as a Governor, he kicked off the construction of three major flyovers simultaneously in Port Harcourt. These road infrastructures are located in Garrison, Rumoukoro and Artillery. Just recently in a statement, a federal lawmaker said Wike's populist approach to governance has distinguished him from his peers especially in the ruling party.
Governor Wike at some construction site in Port Harcourt
3. Nyesom Wike Net worth
Nyesom Wike is currently valued at about ₦275 billion based on his accrued earnings from being a Nigerian Politician and Lawyer. This makes him one of the Richest Men in Nigeria as of today. Wike is not a businessman but he has a lot of investments in some Oil & Gas businesses as well as Real Estate enterprises all over Nigeria.
4. Nyesom Wike Houses and Cars
Governor Nyesom Wike is definitely a man of high taste and his brand-new house located at Ada George Road in Port Harcourt attest to this fact. A multi-million naira Mansion that speaks a high volume of wealth. Below are some good shots that were taken inside and outside Wike's edifice.
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on a visit to Nyesom Wike's house
Nyesom Wike also possesses a couple of beautiful cars in his fleet. This includes:
- Bulletproof Range Rover Autobiography
- Bulletproof 2019 Toyota Highlander
- Lexus LX570
- Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
- 5 Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs
- 3 Toyota Hilux trucks
This BMW 7 Series is Wike's favourite of all his cars
5. Nyesom Wike latest news
In March 2021, Nyesom Wike accused the Federal Government of shielding the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi from prosecution over misappropriation of funds from Rivers State assets. Wike said it was disingenuous for the Federal Government to commence a narrow gauge rail line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri at a time the rest of the world was building a standard gauge railway.
Governor Wike said this during the commissioning of the 6.1km Omuihuechi-Omuoko-Omokiri link Road in Aluu, Ikwerre Council Area of the state. He said it was appalling that the Federal Government had continued to shield Amaechi from prosecution. He alleged that Amaechi needs to account for $308m gotten from the sale of Rives State-owned power plant and other critical assets when he was Governor.
Nywesom Wike's life is one of hard work and passion. With these two attributes, he seems to have thoroughly transformed Rivers State for good. Let's end the write up here as we have told you all we know about Nyesom Wike biography, net worth, cars, houses and politics.
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