APC condemns Wike over Amaechi probe
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the probe of the immediate past governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, by Governor Nyesom Wike.
APC said in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, and issued in Port Harcourt on Sunday, that such investigation was laughable and fruitless.
The party noted that Amaechi ran a transparent administration and made it a habit to render account of his stewardship to Rivers people almost on a quarterly basis throughout his eight years in office as governor.
The state APC said it was aware that Wike's desperate efforts to bring down Amaechi and rubbish his good name despite all his feats as the former state governor were aimed at stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from appointing him into his cabinet.
'One thing Chief Wike and his collaborators fail to understand is that President Buhari knows the politics of Rivers State as he knows his fingers. President Buhari is fully aware that Amaechi and his associates are being viciously persecuted by Wike because he engineered the ouster of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the President of Nigeria and the election of President Buhari.
'Apart from the above, Chief Wike is embarking on this worthless vindictive venture knowing very well that he will soon be ignominiously sacked by the Election Petition Tribunal since he never won the election, but was imposed by Rivers INEC in collaboration with the then-ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
The party said it was not disturbed by Wike's abracadabra and advised Justice Emereji and his co-panelists not to allow themselves to be used by Wike to cook up non-existent fraud cases against Amaechi.
'Justice Emereji and co should not allow Wike to rubbish the good name they have spent decades to build.
'Deep down in him, Chief Wike is aware that if the panel he set up is to do an impartial job, the only issue they will find to be absurd throughout the administration of Rt. Hon. Amaechi will be the contracts for road construction in four local government areas of Port Harcourt, Nkwerre, Abio-Akpor and Obigbo that Chief Wike cornered for himself and his cronies, but never executed after pocketing billions of Naira.
'The other would be the contract for schools which Chief Wike also cornered without executing,' the party added.
It will be recslled that Wike had last week inaugurated a seven-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry with Justice George Emereji as chairman and given a month to investigate the immediate past administration.