APC chieftain blasts Wike over plot to prosecute Amaechi, Tonye Cole

By Chris Ezeonoh

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwumeka Eze, has taken a swipe at the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for setting machinery in motion to prosecute former governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and APC governorship candidate, Architect Tonye Cole, over alleged N76b proceed from sale of Rivers assets.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Eze described the move by the Governor as a ploy “carefully crafted by the Governor to divert attention and conceal the careless misappropriation of N345b and N20b respectively over his elusive Presidential and Vice President dreams.” The Trumpet Gathered

Eze recalled that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, after swearing in three new commissioners recently had directed the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Professor Zacchaeus Adangor, to commence diligent prosecution of the alleged illegal financial dealings involving the immediate past governor, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr Tonye Cole, Sahara Energy, and others over the sale of the state assets.

The APC chieftain wondered why Wike who had insisted that the EFCC had no powers to investigate his former Accountant General and governorship candidate of PDP on account of a perpetual injunction against such action obtained by former Governor Peter Odili would in the same breathe want to prosecute another person covered by the effect of the said injunction.

Eze also pointed out that the Supreme Court judgement on the matter had maintained that Judicial Commission set up by the Wike’s administration lacked powers to try Amaechi 3 as the probe panel was a mere fact-finding commission, adding that the said N96b was duly captured in the 2014 budget of the state.

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“But Wike not relenting in his vendetta against a man who not for the grace of God in his life he wouldn’t be whatever he is claiming to be politically after failing and being rejected by the stakeholders and elders in his sinister motive still went ahead to direct his Attorney General to go ahead and pursue an issue he is fully aware is like chasing a shadow.

“Nigerians are very much aware of Chief Nyesom Wike’s desperation to drag Amaechi’s name in the mud in order to continue to portray him as a corrupt person before the public.

“To begin with, Governor Wike would have released Sim Fubara to the EFCC to explain how such whopping sums could be withdrawn on a single day instead, he empowered supporters of the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Sim Fubara, to beat up officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when the EFCC operatives attempted to arrest him as the chartered plane carrying him and other PDP members landed at the Omagwa Airport in Rivers State from Abuja.

“His plots against Amaechi and the Rivers APC is an exercise in futility. He will not allow EFCC to investigate the former Accountant General and his guber candidate but he is giving directives to the AG to file a case against his predecessor even when there is a perpetual injunction gotten by Governor Odili against probing the financial activities of Rivers State Government officials. Let’s see how the Judge to handle this matter will ignore this existing injunction,” Eze argued.

The APC chieftain stressed that Wike should not use Amaechi to cover the alleged massive looting of the Rivers State treasury but explain how he wasted a whopping sum of N20b in pursuance of his failed presidential bid.

“The Governor is grossly corrupt and has only succeeded in ruining all forms of governance as Rivers State was named amongst other states that couldn’t attract one single investment.

“For Rivers State former Accountant-General to be declared wanted for N345 billion fraud by EFCC to be declared the flag-bearer of PDP in the 2023 gubernatorial election is nothing but for Wike to protect all that he has looted and if Rivers State and its people are to be quiet and allow such group to be sustained in their state in government then the State will be ruined,” he maintained.

The party chief lamented that the era of Wike as governor will continue to be remembered as a watershed and monumental waste in the annals of governance in Rivers State. He called on Rivers people to use the window of the 2023 election to correct every error of the past by electing Pst Tonye Cole and other candidates of the All Progressives Congress(APC), to inject a new lease of life on the economy and other aspects of statecraft.

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