Abuja – The All Progressives Congress has accused Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, of negotiating for funds to influence judges sitting in Election Tribunals and Appeal Courts.
APC claimed this followed a spate of recent negative outcomes for Wike and his People's Democratic Party (PDP) at the various poll petition tribunals sitting in Abuja.
APC alleged the governor had commenced negotiations to borrow a whopping N10 billion to bribe judges.
Chris Finebone, APC Rivers spokesman, said the sum was exclusive of the earlier N30 billion reportedly obtained from banks by the governor since he assumed office.
In sum total, he said, about N130 billion has passed through the hands of the governor in three months with only a few projects of his predecessor he is completing and some cosmetic asphalting and pothole filling of some streets to show for it.
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"If he borrows additional N10 billion from Zenith Bank as he has already decided to do, Rivers people and our next generation shall have been enslaved further to the tune of N40 billion," alleged Finebone.
Finebone alleged Wike had collected a total of about N100 billion comprising Federal allocations, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), balance in the Reserve Fund and other sundry sums left in the State’s various accounts with the banks by May 29.
“Indeed, the APC is saddened at the carte blanche Nyesom Wike has handed to himself to recklessly borrow in the name of the people without consideration for the present and future generations of Rivers people," said Finebone.
He said therefore, the APC appealed to well-meaning Rivers elders and leaders to dissusade Wike from incessant borrowing.
Comment could not be obtained from Wike and his party.
APC is challenging the election of Wike earlier this year alleging vote rigging and violence.
- CAJ News