Amaechi, PDP bicker over probe
THE immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have disagreed over the setting up of a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the sale of government assets.
Amaechi has maintained that the commission set up by Governor Nyesom Wike to probe the sale of valued Rivers asset was to indict him of corruption. PDP was disagreed, insisting that Amaechi’s refusal to honour the invitation extended to him by the commission was due to fear and guilty conscience.
Amaechi yesterday said everything about the commission was at variance with the ethics and laws of justice.
According to him, Wike had claimed he met an empty treasury, which was another big lie and grand deception.
“We repeat that N7.5 billion cash were left behind as balances in the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) account with Skye Bank, FAAC account with Zenith Bank, balances with Access Bank and funds in the state reserve fund account in First Bank. This is besides other balances in the state Government House account with Zenith Bank and other government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) accounts, like the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).
Amaechi left N939 million in the Commercial Agric Credit Scheme Account in Zenith Bank. By the time you pull all these balances together, we are looking at readily available cash in the region of eight to ten billion naira left for the Wike administration. We have mentioned banks, account names and funds left in the accounts. These are facts that cannot be distorted by Wike,” he said.
Amaechi challenged Wike to publish the statements of the government accounts that he had mentioned and other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) accounts as at May 29; to prove his claim and show the public that Amaechi left an empty treasury.
‘‘Wike should explain to Rivers people what happened to the funds Amaechi left, the N30 billion loans he took under 30 days and other funds that has accrued to Rivers State since he became governor. Amaechi left a legacy of accountability; Rivers people expect nothing less from Wike,” he added.
The State PDP chairman, Felix Obuah, noted that since a clear conscience fears no accusation, Amaechi if indeed he is innocent of the charges leveled against him, he should be bold and man enough to appear before the Commission.
Obuah recalled that when a similar commission was set up by Amaechi in 2008, former governors Peter Odili and Celestine Omehia as well as the former Minister of Transport, and Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Abiye Sekibo, who were invited and appeared before the panel to clear their names.