By Favour Nnabugwu
Minister of Transportation, Mr Chubuike Amaechi, has cautioned his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, threatening to expose the governor’s wife, if he continued to malign Mrs Judith Amaechi.
Amaechi, in an interview after the inspection of Kaduna Inland Dry Port, yesterday, described his successor as a person who could hardly speak good English.
Wike had on Monday, alleged that each commissioner and local government chairman in Rivers State paid the erstwhile governor’s wife, Judith, N3 million and N2 million monthly, respectively.
Amaechi, who was obviously furious, replied: “By accident of Goodluck Jonathan, I don’t want to attribute it to God, but by the accident of Jonathan, the man takes office and talks rubbish. My wife and family members, including my younger brothers and sisters, no one had access to government when I was governor.
“Even as minister, nobody will have such because it is not a family business. It is government business. But the problem with Nyesom Wike, and I want you to state this, if he doesn’t shut his mouth and do his work, I will bring his wife to the focus. You see I’ve been very matured not to talk about his wife.
“But if Wike does not shut his mouth and stop talking about my wife, I will bring out his wife. My wife will never do such, we don’t do family business. I care about transparency. My wife is a trader. She buys and sells and Wike knows that.”
On the Rivers State’s N30 billion he was alleged to have squandered, Amaechi said: “And you believe that? The man who says he has about $50 million in Lagos and could not prove it, is the same man you believe. The man who said I didn’t pay salaries until I left office and now he is saying no, it is pensioners that I didn’t pay. Do you believe such a man?
“Do you think such a man is well? You believe Nyesom Wike is well? First, he doesn’t know how to speak English, he is poorly dressed, and you bring me to face that kind of a man?”
On the decision of the Rivers State Government to handle some of the issues levelled against him in court, the Transportation Minister said that his team was not given fair hearing by the panel set up in the state.
According to him, “Which court? Let him go to court. He has no fact and he maligns people’s character. The process is that, you set up a tribunal, but we’ve questioned the tribunal, we were not given fair hearing.
“Again, how do you know how the court came to its decision? We were not even informed. There is a panel of justices in Rivers State, which is the Court of Appeal. But befor we knew it, they took away that matter from them and gave it to a panel that came from Adamawa.”