The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, donated the sum of 20 million naira at the launch of a book titled, 'The Big Interviews.’
The governor, who named the price at the launch of the book, written by Eric Osagie, a former Managing Director of ‘The Sun’ newspaper, stated that he was not afraid of anybody.
“To launch this book and support Eric…I am not afraid of naming anything. I am not afraid of anybody. I will support him and launch this book with the sum of N20m,” he stated.
According to findings made by ‘The Punch’, "the sum donated by Wike is almost equivalent to the three-year salary and allowances of a governor which is N23.3m."
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who was at the event, responded to Wike's donation, saying he was not as rich as the governor.
He added that he had to curb his spending going by a recent Federal High Court judgement which ordered all former governors who now hold political offices to stop receiving pension.
Oshiomhole said, “We will negotiate and I will pay what I can afford and it will not be in excess of what I earn in a month. I will transfer it to you quietly because there is a new revenue board (FIRS) chairman. He will ask that we deduct consumption tax. So, thank you, I will support you with N500, 000.”
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State, represented by his Media Aide, Tunde Rahman, donated 5 million naira. Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State and Captain Hosa Okunbo, the Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Maritime Security, donated N5m and N25m respectively.