Amaechi Slams Wike, Dares Rivers Govt To Go To Court Over Alleged N82m Dinner For Soyinka
The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, has denied allegations by the Nyesom Wike-led administration that he misappropriated the sum of N82 million to organise a dinner for Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.
The Rivers State Government on Wednesday made the allegation and vowed to demand a refund from the Nobel Laureate if it confirms that he received part of the funds in cash.
“If he agrees that he received such funds, then he will be compelled to refund same to the coffers of Rivers State”, Commissioner of Information, Austin Tam-George was quoted as saying during a radio programme monitored in Port Harcourt, the state capital yesterday.
Reacting to the allegation via a statement by the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Media Office, Wednesday, the former governor warned Mr. Wike “and the coterie of court-jesters and attention-seekers” in his administration to desist from peddling falsehood.
Amaechi, who is the current Minister of Transportation, also warned against making false allegations and criminalizing legitimate government transactions in a bid to smear his reputation.
The statement challenged Mr. Wike to go to court if he had any case of fraud or misappropriation of state funds against his predecessor instead of “this silly distractions”.
It further said the latest allegation by the state government was aimed at distracting the people from the “massive electoral fraud” perpetrated by Wike, a former Education Minister, during the last elections.
“Wike must stop this silly distraction. Rivers people are not interested in his lies and witch-hunt. Rather, Rivers people want to know what will happen to their children that he stopped and cancelled the funding of their scholarships abroad.
“Rivers people want to know why is the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), an agency set up by law no longer functioning under Wike?
“Why instead of quality education, a standard set by his predecessor, under Wike, grasses and weeds have taken over the beautiful schools built by Amaechi?
“Rivers people want to know why the standard health facilities and services put in place by the Amaechi administration are rotting away, not this petty rambling.
“Rivers people want to know why the Wike government does not care about the security of their lives and property, as violence and criminals have taken over.
“Rivers people want to know why it feels as if there is no government in Rivers State, and this is in spite of the billions of naira that has accrued to the Wike administration and the tens of billions of naira borrowed”, Mr. Amaechi alleged.
The statement, therefore, cautioned the Rivers governor against dragging the names of globally respected persons such as Mr. Soyinka into his “unbridled, unashamed and ill-advised attack of his former boss and benefactor”.