Amaechi accuses Rivers governor Wike of spending N50m weekly on alcohol

Former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi fired the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, saying he is a drunk.

According to Amaechi, Wike spends N50 million on alcohol every week, insisting that the Governor is planning a third-term in office through his stooge and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, Siminalayi Fubara.

Amaechi stated this on Tuesday when he campaigned for the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the state, Tonye Cole in Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area ahead of the March 18, 2023, governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.

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The former governor cried out that the amount of State funds being wasted on alcohol alone by the governor were enough to start and complete projects that would be of huge benefit to the people of the state.

Amaechi said that he built primary schools during his time as governor with almost the equivalent of what Wike spends on alcohol in two weeks.

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Amaechi, who claimed to have gotten this detail directly from Wike’s alcohol supplier, said that the people of the state are still celebrating him (Amaechi) today due to the good works he did in the state without coming out in public to insult anyone.

“The person Wike buys alcohol from, said Wike spends N50million every week on alcohol. The primary schools we built is N112 million, it means that in two weeks Wike has drank one primary school,” Amaechi, a former minister of Transportation, said.

“When Wike talks, it is alcohol that is talking. And he’s so shameless about it. Wike told the whole world on live Tv that he was drinking a very expensive 40 year old whiskey, in the morning.

“We are asking INEC to be neutral. The people have rejected Wike and his government. Every street I went to, people were jumping on top of me shouting.”

This came some some days after the Rivers State Government has initiated the process of prosecuting former Governor Rotimi Amaechi and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the state, Tonye Cole, over the alleged theft of $53.1 million belonging to the government

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The money was allegedly stolen through a reported deal between the then  Amaechi-led government and   Sahara Energy Resources Limited, a company in which Cole had an interest.

The deal had to do with the sale of a gas turbine by the state to  Sahara Energy.

The state filed all processes such as application for substituted service, list of authorities relied upon by the state and counter-affidavits to void  Amaechi’s and Cole’s motions seeking to stall their trials.

Amaechi is the first defendant and Cole, is third in the process filed on March 9 at the Rivers State High Court.

Augustine Wokocha, the second defendant and   Sahara Energy as the fourth defendant.

Sahara Energy, fourth and NG Power – HP Limited in the case bordering on conspiracy and stealing of the state assets.

In count,  one Amaechi and Wokocha were said to have on or about October 21, 2013, conspired to defraud the government through account number 0064889439 domiciled with Access Bank Plc addressed a letter of mandate to pay without any recourse to the government by virtue of which said letter the bank on or about December 3, 2014, paid   $53.1million to Sahara Energy Resources Limited purporting the payment as a refund of loans granted by Sahara Energy Resources to the government.

In count two, Amaechi, Cole, Wokocha, Sahara Energy and NG Power – HP Limited were said to have on or about December 1, 2014, conspired among themselves to commit a felony to steal    $53.1 million, being the property of the state government.

In count three, all the defendants were said to have on or about December 3, 2014, stolen  $53.1million property of the government through its account number 0064889492 with Access Bank Plc purporting same to be a refund of loans granted by Sahara Energy Resources Limited to the government.

In count four, all the defendants were accused of conspiring among themselves to commit a felony to obtain money by false pretence.

In another charge, the defendants were said to have received  N53.1 million property of the government knowing same to have been stolen or obtained by false pretence.

The offences were said to be contrary to Sections 516, 419, and 422 of the Criminal Code Laws of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, had at many fora insisted that Cole lacked the moral grounds to be the governor of the state.

Wike explained that Cole was not electable because he was facing prosecution for allegedly defrauding the state.

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