Mene Derek, the last minute strategist and Administrator was the hidden ace of the APC in the battle for Ogoni votes.
While Wike and the PDP continued to denigrate Senator Magnus Abe, churning out all sorts of falsehood and phantom flag- off projects in the Ogoni area, Rotimi Amaechi had quietly made a subdtitution that rattled the PDP.
He had suffered all manner of humiliation in the hands of the Rivers State Government as a senior Civil Servant. Men’s Derek as an accountant has served in practically all the LGAs in the state. At some point, his salary was ceased and his transfer was frequent.
But the Ogoni born tactician has proved his mettle, less than three weeks after his appointment to the NDDC as the Executive Director, Finance and Administration.
His name is on the lips of everyone including the state governor.
The masterstroke in the winning streak of the APC in the Rivers South East zone was largely due to the prompt decision of Amaechi to bring Derek on board. While Wike had his eyes in Abe, Amaechi focused his on Mene Derek.