Former Governor of River State and a prominent member of Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressive Congress, APC, Rotimi Amaechi Monday described the panel set up by his successor, Nyesom Wike to probe his administration as a silly distraction to deceive the public.
In a press statement released by the former governor’s office in Abuja, Amaechi said probe was an attempt to distort his statement on the amount of money he left in the state treasury.
“Again, our attention has been drawn to comments by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, where he attempts to justify his fraudulent, sham probe of the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Hon. Amaechi and distort our statement on the amount of money Amaechi left in the State treasury.
“No matter how hard Wike tries, the public can clearly see through his deception and the sham he calls Commission of Inquiry to probe Amaechi. That panel was set up to indict Amaechi of corruption. Everything about the probe commission is at variance with the ethics and laws of a fair, just and unbiased probe commission.”
“Indeed, the hack panel has not disappointed its paymaster since it started its shambolic public hearings. As we earlier warned, it is a comedy to grab media headlines with bogus, phantom and fabricated claims of corrupt practices against former governor Amaechi.
He added: “The public hearings have become a comedy of errors for the media. We maintain that Wike’s probe commission shall not achieve anything beyond political excitements, entertainment and theatrics.
“However, what the public may not know is that Wike’s deceptive probe of Amaechi is a distraction to entertain and keep the public focus on his circus show, while he siphons and salt away billions of naira from the state treasury.
“From the moment he stepped into Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike has run a government of lies, deception and fraud.
He first made a show and gave a performance of his false accusations that Amaechi stripped the Governor’s Lodge bare, saying that the former governor stole spoons, plates, knives, cups, mattresses, forks and even curtains from the Governor’s Lodge! However, in the images Wike showed to back his lies, the curtains in the lodge were clearly there, seen and intact.
“Wike then claimed he met a completely empty treasury. That again is another big lie and grand deception to steal state funds. We have said that former governor Amaechi left billions of naira and we even went ahead to mention the banks and give the names of the accounts the money were, as at May 29, 2015.
We repeat that N7.5billion cash were left behind as balances in the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) account with Skye Bank, FAAC account with Zenith Bank, balances with Access Bank and funds in the State reserve fund account in First Bank. This is besides other balances in the state Government House account with Zenith Bank and other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) accounts, like the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).
Also, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the corruption allegations against Amaechi, with a wave of the hand.
The party in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by its state Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said the latest allegation by the Wike camp that Amaechi has foreign bank accounts lacked substance.
“These stories flooding the internet and social media about Amaechi are mere fabrications intended to ridicule him and poison the mind of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is expected to make Amaechi a key member of his cabinet.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Amaechi has no account with a bank in Minnesota, USA, as alleged by these devious rumour mongers. It is also not true that CNN’s Christiane Amanpour accused Amaechi of corruption, as being claimed by his detractors. Besides, at no time did Amaechi write to Bancorp or any bank in Switzerland, stating that he deposited any funds in error. These are wicked lies concocted by evil-minded persons desperate to pull down Amaechi but who are bound to fail,” the APC said.
The party expressed regret that some saboteurs within the party have made themselves available for use by Wike in tarnishing Amaechi’s hard-earned reputation just because of pecuniary benefits.
“We wish to warn these saboteurs to stop playing Judas and return Wike’s money to him or be prepared to face the consequences with their new-found master whose wrongful occupation of the Rivers State Government House will soon be ended by the state Governorship Election Tribunal,” Rivers APC said.