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Validation of spend on Rivers dinner rejected

13 January 2016, 19:59

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has ridiculed the explanation offered by former Commissioner for Information and Communications, Ibim Semeneitari, on the dinner the past administration held for Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.

Jerry Needam, spokesperson to Felix Obuah, the Rivers PDP Chairman, dismissed the reaction as “hollow” “petty” and “childish.”

The past administration of Governor Rotimi Amaechi reportedly spent some N82 million the contentious dinner.

Semenitari has been quoted as justifying the dinner in honour of the world-famous Soyinka.

“Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, bitten by the bug of pomposity and dancing in the ring of illusion, thinks that every Rivers person except she, is a dunderhead,” said Needam.

Also read: Soyinka offered apology over contentious Rivers dinner

“In a manner typical of her, she tried to explain away her corrupt practices while serving as commissioner, by appealing to the emotion of Rivers people rather than to their intellect, as she struggled to justify the siphoning from the state’s treasury, a whooping N82 million.”

Needam raised concern the funds were reportedly spent party on costume design, set design, drama, a band, dinner, transportation, decoration and logistics.

“That was what N82 million, tax payers money belonging to Rivers people was spent for. What a fallacy yet Mrs Semenitari wants the people to believe these incoherent fabrications.”

Needam said while the current government agreed the Nobel Laureate deserved honour, N82 million represented wasteful expenditure.

“How can a former Commissioner for Information and Communications become so uninformed as to misinform the unwary public and try in vain to deform their psyche?” asked Needam.




- CAJ News

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