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APC lashes Wike over Soyinka dinner

11 January 2016, 09:01Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed as unfounded, allegations by the Rivers State Government the party misused funds on a dinner it held for Nobel Prize laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

There have been uproar after reports the then APC-led administration last year led by APC spent some N82 million on the dinner while civil servants and contractors had not been paid.

However, Chris Finebone, APC Rivers Publicity Secretary, described the accusations by Governor Nyesom Wike as “the last kicks of a dying horse.”

APC alleged the governor had implicated former Premier, Rotimi Amaechi, and erstwhile Ibim Semenitari, a former Commissioner, because the duo was now heading agencies that were probing or likely to probe Wike for alleged corruption.

Semenitari heads the Niger Delta Development Commission, which Finebone said was likely to investigate Wike’s alleged role in NDDC allegedly funding then-President Goodluck Jonathan’s failed re-election campaign.

Also Read: APC denies anti-graft war is selective

The accusation against the Amaechi, Finebone said, was Wike’s response to the fact that the Federal Government is probing Wike’s activities as Minister for Education.

Thus, Finebone alleged, the accusations were meant to divert attention from such issues.

“With this myriad of revelations coming to light now, Governor Nyesom Wike knows that the political noose is slowly but gradually tightening round his neck and will surely snap tight should he lose his case before the Supreme Court,” Finebone said.

Wike is appealing the invalidation of his election by the courts.

Finebone added, “Unfortunately, the ‘insecure governor’ believes that the best thing for him to do at this point is to splatter sewage in all possible and improbable directions.”

“The APC wishes to advise Gov. Nyesom Wike to be a man and take responsibility for his actions without taking down innocent people along his lonely road of political oblivion.”

- CAJ News


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