candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Chief Ezebunwo
Nyesom Wike, has accused Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of running the most
corrupt administration in Nigeria.
He alleged that
between January and November 2014, Amaechi squandered over N298billion that
accrued to the state from the Federation Accounts and loans obtained from
various commercial banks.
Wike, who spoke at
the PDP governorship campaign rally in Port Harcourt, further alleged that
between December 2014 and January 2015, the governor, through the Government
House and the Office of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government expended
N11 billion, believed to have been channelled into the campaign machinery of
the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) General
Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that the
massive corrupt expenditure of the over N300billion just for 2014 and the first
month of 2015 excludes the internally generated revenue of Rivers State, which
has been pegged at several billions of naira monthly.

Giving a breakdown
of the alleged mass corrupt practices by Amaechi, the PDP governorship hopeful
stated that between January and November 2014, the Amaechi administration
received N185billion from the Federation Account.
Wike further
stated that within the same period under review, the administration took loans
from Zenith Bank, Guarantee Trust Bank, Access Bank and Fidelity Bank,
totalling over N112billion.
He said, “These
are facts duly obtained from government sources. They are not newspaper
reports. They are authenticated facts of revenue received by the outgoing
government of Rotimi Amaechi. Before the people of Nigeria is the most corrupt
administration ever seen in this state. An administration that has shortchanged
our people.
“From the details
of expenditure at our disposal, these funds have been used to sponsor
opposition activities and the campaigns of General Muhammadu Buhari. Most of
the money were channelled to non-existent or non functional projects, with the
funds pocketed by the outgoing governor.
“For instance,
Amaechi paid N500 million for a non existent new Bridge in Abonnema. He paid N2
billion for the Trans-Kalabari road where nothing has been done by his
administration. For the Port Harcourt Centenary celebration, Amaechi expended
almost N1 billion and he released N1.7billion for the production of
international passports.”
The former
minister of state for Education stated that the outgoing administration
expended N330million for the protection of Rivers State from terrorism.
The governorship
hopeful said the lack of accountability in the Amaechi administration explains
why he is fronting known cultists to take over the administration of the state.
He noted that the Rivers State political leadership and the followership have
jointly resolved never to allow another corrupt administration to emerge from
the outgoing Amaechi’s corrupt regime.
Also speaking at
the rally, deputy national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, alleged
that Amaechi had procured Army, Naval and Police uniforms to be distributed to
his political thugs from the state and others imported from the north to ensure
that they rigged the election if it had been held on February 14, 2015.
Secondus said the
same procurement of uniforms was carried out by APC governors, adding that the
plan of the APC was to plunge the nation into a needless crisis.
But the Rivers
State government has challenged the governorship candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, to provide
proof of his allegation that the administration of Governor Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi is corrupt.
The state
commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, disclosed
this in a chat with LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt while reacting to the
allegation by Wike.
Semenitari said
the allegation was a ploy by the former minister of state for Education to draw
the attention of the people of the state away from the fact that he does not
have any programme for the state.
She said, “We
believe that Mr. Wike has no locus to back his allegation. We challenge him to
provide proof. We think that what is happening is that Mr. Wike has nothing to
tell Rivers people.
“He has no
programme and he has no agenda. He wants to draw the attention of Rivers people
away from serious issues. He wants to take their eyes away from his numerous
perfidies. We really don’t want to dignify him.”



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