Abuja - Following allegations of overspending
on premier’s security, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged
Governor Nyesom Wike to make the 2016 Rivers State Budget public.
The party alleged a former State House of Assembly member
blew the whistle that the governor allocated N15 billion (from a said budget of
over N300 billion) to himself as security vote.
“Nyesom Wike has one and only one motive for seeking to
be governor of Rivers State and that one motive is seeking to provide for his
insatiable and obscene appetite for money,” said APC Rivers spokesperson, Chris
He noted Wike, through the State Commissioner for
Information and Communications, Austin Tam-George, had denied that the
governor's security vote was N15 billion but had “stoutly refused” to state the
“The governor has also refused to make the budget public
to avoid exposing the monumental in-built scam therein,” Finebone stated.
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The APC said this was part of some illegalities of the
Wike administration since he attained power in 2015.
Finebone said this was in a complete deviation to the
oaths he affirmed to upon assuming office.
“Nyesom Wike has thrown every caution to the wind as he
revels in illegality,” said Finebone.
He said the State House of Assembly did not have a quorum
of members to sit but the governor some days ago summoned the People’s
Democratic Party caucus of nine members in a House of 32 members to confirm the
appointment of a State Chief Judge.
Similarly, Finebone said, the local government areas
Caretaker Committees Wike appointed had their three-month tenure lapse long ago
but the governor had allowed them to continue to function in office.
“Indeed, it appears that Gov Nyesom Wike is yet to work
his mindset to the high grounds of the noble and hallowed office of a state
governor. The APC fears that he never will.”
Wike had not commented on the issues.
- CAJ News