The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has dared Governor Nyesom Wike to prosecute Rotimi Amaechi over sundry allegations of corruption raised against the minister of transportation in the sale of some state government assets during his tenure as governor.
The Rivers APC has also chided the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for holding a rally during which defectors from the APC were received into their party.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that Governor Wike had during the rally accused Amaechi, the leader of the APC in Rivers State of misappropriating funds realized from the sale of the state’s aircraft and the power plant.
But responding to the allegations in a statement, the APC in a statement issued from Port Harcourt by its spokesman, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, queried why Wike had failed to prosecute the minister over the allegations.
He said: “We ask Governor Wike to explain why he is finding it difficult to prosecute a man who is not covered by immunity at this time for his alleged crimes while in office as Governor?
“Why is Governor Wike unable to accept the findings of a panel of Inquiry that was set up by him which exonerated Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi before he was sworn in as Minister of Transportation?
“People who are guilty are not tried in the court of public opinion. They are tried in open courts that are duly constituted. Wike should lead the prosecution team to court if he is sure of his facts, or halt the penchant for peddling worthless, inaccurate, and cheap accusations.”
The APC also chided the PDP for holding its rally on the day that the deceased Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and other victims of the Friday air crash were buried.
He said: “The APC would have overlooked the charade which took place in the Rivers capital; an event which was broadcast on television; if the Wike administration did not create the impression, through a senseless jamboree, that the Rivers people are insensitive.
“We are truly shocked that Governor Nyesom Wike, a Head of Government who is a prime beneficiary of the effort that members of the Armed Forces are making to keep him and the good people of Rivers State safe, could go ahead with a pre-planned reception intended to receive a handful of “bread and butter” politicians.
“Across the country, events planned for the weekend were shifted in order to enable Nigerians pay their last respect to our fallen heroes who died in an air crash in Kaduna.