Lagos - The spat between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has exacerbated after the party accused him of looting state resources.
The country’s ruling party, which is an opposition in the state, alleged Wike had prevailed on the State House of Assembly dominated by his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to approve N10 billion for him without any attached projects.
“Wike has shamelessly confirmed our fears that he has no agenda for the development of Rivers State, rather than looting the common patrimony of the State with impunity, by influencing the State House of Assembly to approve the sum of N10 billion without the purpose of the approval being clearly stated,” Rivers APC, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said.
Part of the fund, Ikanya alleged, was to be used to pay off the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Dr Peter Odili and others the APC accuses of manipulating the Rivers State governorship poll outcome.
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Ikanya claimed Wike “perfected this looting spree when immediately after his swearing-in ceremony on 29th May, 2015 he locked out both the Permanent Secretary and the Chief of Staff, Government House, until 31st May, to enable him loot the property in the Government House – after with he turned around to maliciously allege that former Governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, looted the place before leaving office.”
Ikanya said Rivers APC, however, would not to be blackmailed or intimidated.
“All these ploys notwithstanding, we wish to reiterate that no amount of thieving, misappropriation of public funds will deter us from fighting the evil cause Wike’s personality represents. Apart from trying to deny the Riverine areas of their right to produce the next Governor of Rivers State after Amaechi, his illegal imposition forebodes dangerous times for our dear State.”
Wike, who could not be reached for comment, was elected the governor in April but APC is contesting the outcome citing violence and irregularities.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced him as the winner ahead of APC’s Dakuku Peterside.
- CAJ News