The Minister of Transportation and immediate past Governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi has maintained that his successor, Nyesom Wike has no damaging evidence of corruption against him.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Amaechi said Wike’s allegation claim against him was the same “old, false, provocative rabble-rousing of a distinctly delusional mind.”
The Minister stressed that Wike has been forging and contorting documents to “defame, disparage and vilify him in his desperate failed bid to portray him as corrupt.”
The statement reads, “Wike has nothing, we mean absolutely nothing concrete to prove his fabricated claims. However, we are aware; as a matter of fact, it’s now public knowledge that Wike has been forging and distorting a cache of documents in his increasingly frantic efforts to denigrate Amaechi. This forgery and contortion commenced immediately Wike assumed office as governor and it is on-going.
“Nigerians were shocked a few days back when Livingstone Wechie, the young man Wike used to accuse Amaechi of corruption and write false and frivolous petitions to the National Assembly, EFCC etc, confessed freely and openly, that all the documents he used to wrongfully portray Amaechi as corrupt when he governed Rivers State, were phonies, forged documents given to him by Wike’s Rivers State Government House.
“It is ludicrous and appalling that Wike is still talking about his credibility bereft Commission of Inquiry, when Livingstone Wechie also admitted that the forged documents was what was used as the template, the basis for the Justice Omereji led Judicial Commission of Inquiry, an inquisition panel Wike set up early in his administration to witch-hunt, malign and persecute Amaechi.
“Nigerians are now used to Wike’s shameful charade whenever he says he has ‘evidence’ against Amaechi. How can we forget in a hurry when Wike outrageously claimed he had evidence to prove Amaechi’s ownership of the $43million Ikoyi money and luxury apartment?
“How can anyone take a character like Wike seriously, especially when he says he has evidence against Amaechi? How can a governor talk so recklessly and irresponsibly?
“We will continue to remind Rivers people that Wike’s antics are a clear attempt to distract and divert attention from his mindless plundering of the resources of the State and spate of Wike induced insecurity in Rivers State.
“Wike must realize that every lie has an expiry date. Rivers people are tired and sick of Wike’s fake stories of ‘Amaechi this, Amaechi that’, every day; rather the people want to know what happened to all the billions of naira Wike has collected from FAAC, Paris Club refund, internally generated revenue and the ones he borrowed.”