Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has denied allegations by the Rivers state government that he spent N82 million to organise 80th birthday dinner for Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
Amaechi, who is the immediate past governor of the state, warned Mr. Wike “and the coterie of court-jesters and attention-seekers” in his administration to desist from spreading falsehood.
He also warned against making false allegations and criminalizing legitimate government transactions in a bid to drag his name in the mud.
The statement urged Mr. Wike to go to court if he had any case of fraud or misappropriation of state funds against him instead of “this silly distractions.”
He said the latest allegation by the state government was aimed at distracting the people from Mr. Wike’s “massive electoral fraud” during the last elections.
“Wike must stop this silly distraction. Rivers people are not interested in his lies and witch-hunt. Rather, Rivers people want to know what will happen to their children that he stopped and cancelled the funding of their scholarships abroad.
“Rivers people want to know why is the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), an agency set up by law no longer functioning under Wike? Why instead of quality education, a standard set by his predecessor, under Wike, grasses and weeds have taken over the beautiful schools built by Amaechi?
“Rivers people want to know why the standard health facilities and services put in place by the Amaechi administration are rotting away, not this petty rambling. Rivers people want to know why the Wike government does not care about the security of their lives and property, as violence and criminals have taken over.
“Rivers people want to know why it feels as if there is no government in Rivers State, and this is in spite of the billions of naira that has accrued to the Wike administration and the tens of billions of naira borrowed,” the statement said.
The statement also urged Wike against dragging the names of globally respected icons such as Soyinka into his “unbridled, unashamed and ill-advised attack of his former boss and benefactor.”