The Former Minister of State for Education and the governorship
candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Chief Nyesom
Wike, has accused the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, of
spending the sum N30 billion to fund the presidential campaign of the
All Progressives Congress.
Wike explained that the development had made it impossible for the
state government to pay workers’ salaries, adding that the governor was
using state resources to fund the APC with the hope that he would be
picked as the running mate to the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu
Wike pointed out that Amaechi was being deceived by the
leadership of the APC to continue to fund the party and added that the
APC leadership had never been interested in selecting the governor as
Buhari’s running mate.
“Do you know why workers’ salaries have not been paid? Amaechi spent
N30 billion in funding the presidential campaign of the APC. They (APC
leadership) allowed him to spend the money and later, they called him
“They (APC) leadership said we will not make this ‘boy’ who does not
respect the President (Jonathan) the vice president. We should know
that our future is in the PDP and not the APC,” Wike stressed.
He urged the people of Ikwerre to vote for him and President
Goodluck Jonathan, adding that he would review the value of land Amaechi
bought from them for the Greater Port Harcourt project.
minister decried the statement credited to the APC governorship
candidate in the state, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, that he (Peterside) would
build on Amaechi’s legacy.
According to him, some of the governor’s actions on the state
judiciary, monorail project were not worth continuing as a legacy.
Wike, however, disclosed that he would unveil his running mate on Tuesday, promising that a woman would emerge as his deputy.
Reacting to Wike’s allegation, the State Commissioner for
Information and Communication, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said the PDP
governor spoke without facts, even as she challenged him to show any
proof that Amaechi was funding the APC.
Describing Wike’s allegation as false and baseless, Semenitari
insisted that nobody would spend such an amount on political campaigns,
insisting that the state government will not dignify the suck statement
“Rivers State Government will not dignify such unintelligent talk
with responses. We will not respond to unintelligent talk; we will not
react to stupid conjecturing,” Semenitari stressed.