BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – Former council Chairmen and Commissioners who served during the tenure of former governor Chibuike Amaechi have described as lies allegation by governor Nyesom Wike that they were forced to give money running into millions of naira monthly to the wife of the former Governor Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Mrs Judith Amaechi.
Former Chairman, Asari Toru local government area, Mr Ojukaye Flag-Amachree and Mr Fred Mbodo – Igwe who were former Commissioner for Sports, in a statement said there was no time the ex commissioners and council Chairmen gave out money monthly to Mrs Amaechi.
“Governor Wike is too economical with the truth and is in fact a pathological liar who should be ignored. His allegation is baseless, untrue and a figment of his warped imagination.
Former Council Chairmen and Commissioners who served under the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi by this statement therefore warn Governor Wike against this disgraceful and disgusting mischief against the wife of Amaechi and urge him to tender an unreserved apology to the wife of the former governor immediately or be ready to face the consequences of his stupidity.”, they said.
“Governor Wike is indeed morally bankrupt and cannot point accusing fingers at the wife of former governor Amaechi. In fact the then chief of staff to Amaechi gave stern directives to council chairmen never to support the activities of the wife of the governor.
We want to state that no Council Chairman either individually or as a group of chairmen or State Commissioners were told, coerced, intimidated or persuaded to pay any money to the wife of the former Governor. And no money was given to her
Gov. Wike lacks moral rectitude. He is bereft of ideas hence this shameful attempt to drag the name and reputation of the wife of his former boss into disrepute.”, they added.
The former Council Chairmen and Commissioners further accused Wike of allegedly arm twisting them for money while he served as Chief of Staff to governor Amaechi to fund his legal battles with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.