SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, (THEWILL) – Former Rivers governor now Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has declared war on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, calling his successor a “confused child”.
This was as he denied ownership of the $43m recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from a luxury apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos and denied any link with the house as well.
THEWILL had exclusively reported the National Intelligence Agency, NIA, as claiming ownership of the $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23, 218,000 seized Wednesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from Osborne Towers, a luxury residential complex in Ikoyi, Lagos, owned by ex-National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Adamu Muazu.
A source in the agency said that the money was approved by former President Goodluck Jonathan for covert operations and security projects covering a period of years.
But dismissing this claim by the NIA, the Rivers Governor disclosed last night that his predecessor and the current Transport Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, kept the money in the luxury apartment. He said the $43m was part of the proceeds from the sale of a gas turbine by the immediate past administration, adding that the gas turbine was initially built by the Peter Odili administration.
He also insinuated that the “houses’” in Ikoyi equally belong to the former governor Amaechi.
The Governor also gave the federal government an ultimatum of seven days to return the money or face legal action.
But in a statement released by his Media Office in Abuja on Saturday, Amaechi described the claims as malicious, frivolous and another failed attempt by Wike to divert attention from the mess he has created in Rivers State.
Stating that Wike had been threatening Buhari’s administration with “fire and brimstone”, the Minister said, “Wike’s reckless, irresponsible and fictitious tirade against the President Buhari administration at his media briefing of Friday is a declaration of war against the federal government.
“This has been his regular past time in recent times, making false allegations against the federal government and threatening the President Buhari administration with fire and brimstone”.
Amaechi also dismissed Wike’s claim that the money belongs to the state, describing it as another failed attempt to divert attention from the mess he has created in Rivers.
According to him, “Rivers State is perpetually in crisis, the state in a mess as Wike has made a total mess of governance in the state.
“That child who sits there as governor is confused, he doesn’t know what to do. Wike’s only solution is to attack Amaechi.
“Since he became governor, Wike sleeps and wakes up everyday, with a sole, one-point agenda to attack and denigrate Rotimi Amaechi, no matter how ridiculous and silly he sounds. Everyday in Rivers state, there is one frivolous, false story of what Amaechi did or didn’t do.
“Same pattern, the same blatant lies with no proof, same old concocted stories of corruption allegations against Amaechi told with different flavours. At this rate, if Wike is unable to perform his spousal duties, he will blame it on Amaechi. Yes, that’s how despicably low he can go in his consuming fixation to throw mud at Amaechi.”
The former governor alleged that his successor decided to arrange a press conference when he failed in his bid to nail him through the social media.
“This latest outburst by Wike is typical of him. We are aware that Wike first tried to float the fake news of Amaechi’s ownership of the recovered $43million and the Ikoyi house in the social media using his minions and lackeys, spending huge sums of Rivers money on the failed project.
“His minions and lackeys were calling journalists, bloggers and media organisations to run the fake story with promises of almost irresistible mouth-watering compensation for using the fake story.
“When that failed and the story didn’t gain traction that was when Wike decided to hurriedly hold the press conference Friday night, to rant and spew his outright lies, yet again without providing any proof of Amaechi’s ownership of both the property and the money.
“For clarity and emphasis, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not the owner of the $43million and the Ikoyi apartment in which the money was recovered from. Amaechi has no business, link or connection to the money or property. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi does not know who owns the money or Ikoyi apartment,” he said.