Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC)
in Rivers State has dismissed claims former governor, Nyesom Wike had
misappropriated some N53 billion during his tenure.
It denounced the probe the People's Democratic Party led
administration has instituted against the newly-confirmed ministerial nominee,
Amaechi, who features in President Muhammadu Buhari's upcoming cabinet.
Officials described as "arrant nonsense" the
indictment of Amaechi by his successor, Nyesom Wike, and the so-called kangaroo
panel he set up to probe his predecessor.
The party dismissed the claim of the panel’s chairman,
Justice George Omeriji, who reportedly said that Amaechi would have to account
for a reported missing N53 billion.
“This claim of a purportedly missing N53 billion under Amaechi’s
watch is pure rubbish and a mere rubber-stamping of the well known position of
Chief Wike," Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ikanya, said.
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"As we have always maintained, Amaechi’s hands are
spotlessly clean as he conducted the affairs of state in a transparent manner
throughout his eight years in office as Rivers State Governor from 2007 to May
Ikanya said the funds in question were from the Rivers
State Reserve Fund, adding that the withdrawals were duly approved by the State
House of Assembly and the expenditure duly captured in the State Budget and
“How on earth can someone in his right senses describe
funds withdrawn with the approval of the legislature and spent as prescribed by
the State Budget to be missing?" Ikanya asked.
He said Wike, in an alleged desperation to stop Amaechi’s
appointment as a minister, had "resorted to dancing naked in the market
"We know that the next thing he will do is to
hurriedly issue a White Paper on the issue in the hope of stopping Amaechi’s
confirmation as a minister by the Senate," claimed Ikanya.
He however said his plan had already failed.
"Just as he failed in his devious plot to stop
Amaechi’s nomination in the first place,” Ikanya said.
Ikanya again maintained the party did not recognise Wike
as the duly elected governor.
"He is fully aware that his days as
governor are numbered as the stolen mandate would soon be retrieved by the
rightful owner, Dr Dakuku Peterside of APC."
- CAJ News