RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom
Wike yesterday declared that the
evidence of corruption against
the immediate past Governor of
Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi is
so overwhelming that the Minister
of Transportation admitted to them
publicly.
According to a statement
yesterday and signed by his Special
Assistant on Electronic media,
Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor
made the disclosure when he was
addressing the 106th Quarterly
Meeting of the Rivers State Council
of Traditional Rulers in Port
Harcourt.
Governor Wike said that Amaechi
admitted paying $39million for a
non-existent Justice Karibi Whyte
Mega Specialist Hospital.
He added that the former
governor confessed publicly that he
sold the state’s gas turbines which
the immediate past administration
diverted the funds.
Governor Wike said: “All the
documents that proved Amaechi’s
corrupt acts are authentic. We
never forged documents. The
former governor himself admitted
that he paid out $39million to
Clinotech, without a single block
laid anywhere. Is that a document
he claims was forged? Where is the
Hospital?
“He has agreed in different
interviews that he sold the state gas
turbines for $309million. Convert
$309million United States dollars
to Naira and you will understand
the level of fraud. Amaechi left only
$204,000 in the state account.
“The bank statements of the
pattern of withdrawals from that
account are there for all to see.
Can that be forged? The dates and
amounts withdrawn are clearly
written.”
The governor berated the
Minister of Transportation for
engaging in the blackmail of the
Supreme Court because his appeal
is pending before the apex court
over the establishment of the
Rivers State Judicial Commission of
Inquiry.
“There is no time that he loses
a case without blackmailing the
Judiciary. He feels that the only
way he can do it is to blackmail the
Supreme Court. You cannot play
politics with everything.”
On the use of hotels for electoral
fraud, the governor warned that
any hotel that opens its facility for
electoral fraud and malpractice
would lose its operational certificate
of occupancy.
He said: “Any hotel that is used to
rig elections, that hotel’s certificate
of occupancy will be withdrawn. I
will not all that anymore.”
He regretted that the former
Rivers State Governor has
continued to work against the
interest of the state, refusing to use
his position as minister to attract
benefits to the people.
Speaking further, he warned
traditional rulers against working
with armed gangs to cause
insecurity in their communities.
Earlier, the chairman of Rivers
State Council of Traditional Rulers
and Amayanabo of Opobo, King
Dandeson Jaja, commended the
governor for commencement of the
reconstruction of 175 public schools
across the state.
He also appealed to the governor
to set up a process to check the sale
of illicit drugs in the state.

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