Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has vehemently rejected the explanation by immediate past Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Seminitari, over the use of the sum of N82million to organize a three hour party for Professor Wole Soyinka on his birthday.
The PDP in a press release from the office of the party chairman, Felix Obuah, signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt expressed disappointment, rejection and criticism of the former commissioner’s response.
Irked by the way and manner the former commissioner dismissed the issue in a press statement entitled “Rivers State Government and the song and dance about N82 million dinner”, the party accused the new Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC boss of exposing her pomposity and arrogance with regard to a fraud she allegedly committed in the guise of a birthday celebration for the Nobel Laureate, disclosing her response as not only hollow but petty and childish.
“In a manner typical of her, she tried to explain away her corrupt practices, while serving as commissioner by appealing to the emotion of Rivers people, rather than to their intellect, as she struggled to justify the siphoning from the state’s treasury, a whopping N82million.
“While we agree that the Nobel Laureate deserves any form of honour in any part of the world, we find it a terrible disservice to Professor Soyinka, to use his name to steal public funds and mischievously pretend to be more protective of the man’s international reputation than the rest of us, thereby propagandistically portraying officials of the Rivers State Government as adversaries to the Laureate,” he stated.
According to him, “How can a former Commissioner for Information and Communications become so uninformed as to misinform the unwary public, and try in vain to deform their psyche? For lack of accounting straws to cover the crime she supervised, she said the N82million was not used only for the party but that the expenses covered costume design, set design, drama, highlife band, dinner, transportation, decoration and logistics.”

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