Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has accused his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, of allegedly spending the sum of one hundred and fifty million dollars ($150m) to finance the 2015 elections of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Wike made the allegation while speaking at a thanksgiving service held at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumueprikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
He said Amaechi who was Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation allegedly spent the huge sum between December 1 and 18, 2015 to sponsor the national election campaigns of APC.
Wike vowed to recover monies belonging to the state, just as he called for a comprehensive fight against corruption and canvassed support for the prosecution of all those behind the alleged looting of funds.
The governor further said a plot had been hatched to arrest and detain him before the national and state assemblies rerun elections which had been postponed to March 19, 2016.
Wike restated his earlier declaration that he would not allow the rigging of the rerun elections in the state, warning that any INEC staff who attempts to rig would be treated as an armed robber.
“Nothing is impossible with God. We won the election clearly as confirmed by the Supreme Court. If there was a rerun, I wouldn’t have contested because there would have been bloodbath. I resolved not to be part of anything that would bring bloodbath,” he said.
“I am the executive governor of Rivers State and a strong one for that matter. We will support INEC to conduct credible elections. However, any official who plans to rig will get the treatment reserved for armed robbers”, he said.
In his sermon, Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province, Ignatius Kattey, said the victory of Governor Wike at the Supreme Court had brought peace to the state and called on the governor to be the father of all the people of the state.
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