***Says He Would Not Have Re-Contested If He Lost At Supreme Court
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Sunday, said that the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, spent $150 million to fund the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) national election campaign.
Wike, who said this at a thanksgiving service at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, urged that there should be full support for the prosecution of all those who stole Rivers State’s money to sponsor the APC’s campaign.
The governor also alleged that between December 1 and 18 of 2014, Amaechi had used $150m to fund the All Progressives Congress (APC) elections,
While calling for a comprehensive fight against corruption, Wike assured that the state government will recover all stolen funds.
However, in a swift reaction, the state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Chris Finebone, described the claim as a big lie from “the very depth of hell.”
He challenged Wike to take Amaechi to court, adding that the former governor was without blemish.
He said, “That (allegation) is a big lie taken from the very depth of hell. Wike talks big and tough, but behind his tough-talking is a moronic coward. He will not advance that accusation beyond the comfort of his audience.
“His deeds are awaiting him and at the appropriate time, he will be held to account. If he is serious, let him go to court and summon Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. But you can be sure that he (Wike) will not do that because that Amaechi is without blemish.”
Meanwhile, Wike revealed that he would not have contested a governorship rerun if the Supreme Court had failed to uphold his election, explaining that he would have opted out of the rerun in order to prevent loss of lives that could have trailed the poll.
Wike said, “Nothing is impossible with God. Men of God prophesied a few days to the Supreme Court ruling that the judgment will confirm the mandate given to us by the Rivers people.
“We won the election clearly as has been confirmed by the Supreme Court. If there was a rerun, I wouldn’t have contested because there would have been a bloodbath. I resolved not to be part of anything that would bring about bloodbath.”
On the forthcoming National Assembly rerun elections in the state, the governor restated his earlier declaration that he would not allow any form of rigging, saying any INEC staff who attempts to rig will be treated as an armed robbers.
He further assured the people of the state that he would judiciously use the mandate given to him to advance the course of the development of the state.