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APC distances Amaechi from Rivers missing funds

09 October 2015, 08:04Emeka Okonkwo

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 2015."

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 accounted for.

“How on earth can someone in his right senses describe funds withdrawn with the approval of the legislature and spent as prescribed by the State Budget to be missing?"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 place."

"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


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