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APC demands access to Rivers budget

14 March 2016, 17:24Emeka Okonkwo

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 Finebone.

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 amount.

“The governor has also refused to make the budget public to avoid exposing the monumental in-built scam therein,” Finebone stated.

Also read: Rivers alleges plans to disgrace Governor Wike

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


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