A former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has challenged his successor, Nyesom Wike, to prove the allegation that he (Amaechi) stole $150m from the coffers of Rivers State, which he purportedly gave to the All Progressives Congress.
In a statement on Monday, Amaechi, who is now the Minister of Transportation, described the allegation as untrue and also said that the incumbent governor was fond of telling lies against him in churches.
The statement signed by Amaechi said, “Pray, Governor Wike, who collected the $150m on behalf of APC? From which Rivers State Government account(s) was the $150m taken? How was the $150m taken and given to APC? Was it by wired transfer from Rivers State Government account(s) to APC account(s)?
“Sadly again, Wike picked a church, a sacred temple of God to tell his new imaginary tale, another bogus, fallacious concoction.
“When Amaechi challenged the Wike administration and its agents to use any legal process or procedure to prove their jaundiced, deceitful allegations against him and his administration, they have rather elected to do their own corruption probe, trial and conviction in the media; and now, even inside our solemn places of worship (churches).
“Why would a government be so determined to desecrate and destroy every institution, all in the name of playing politics?”
Describing the Wike administration as rudderless, Amaechi challenged the Rivers helmsman to substantiate the claim of fraud against him.
“It continues to baffle us, like most right-thinking Nigerians that Governor Wike will stand in a church – a solemn place of worship – and carelessly, brusquely tell such a profound lie.
“He descended to falsely and indecorously shout corruption against Amaechi without providing a shred of evidence to back his claims,” Amaechi said.