How Ex-Gov. Rotimi Amaechi Squandered N2trillion in His 8yrs as Rivers State Governor
The Governor of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has again accused the former Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who is now the Minister of Transportation, of looting the state’s treasury to the tune of N2 trillion as a governor.
According to The Whistler, Wike made the new claim on Sunday, during the 10th anniversary thanksgiving service of the Omega Power Ministry in Port Harcourt. Wike said Amaechi’s administration received approximately N20 billion monthly (about two trillion naira) at the time, but failed to meet the expectations of the people of Rivers. “
For eight years, at a time that the state got approximately N20billion monthly, that administration failed to develop critical infrastructure,” he stated. In February, Wike had alleged that his predecessor and currently Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi spent a whopping $150million belonging to the state to finance the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign in the 2015 elections.
But in a swift reply while speaking through his Media Office, the Transportation Minister wondered how such a huge amount of money could disappear without a paper trail.
A statement signed by Amaechi to this effect noted: “Pray, Governor Wike, who collected the $150m on behalf of APC? From which Rivers State Government account(s) was the $150m taken?
How was the $150m taken and given to APC? Was it by wired transfer from Rivers State Government account(s) to APC account(s)? “Sadly again, Wike picked a church, a sacred temple of God to tell his new imaginary tale, another bogus, fallacious concoction.
When Amaechi challenged the Wike administration and its agents to use any legal process or procedure to prove their jaundiced, deceitful allegations against him and his administration, they have rather elected to do their own corruption probe, trial and conviction in the media; and now, even inside our solemn places of worship (churches)."