The governor of Rivers State and Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed something about the relationship between wife of the President, Patience Jonathan and Chief Nyesom Wike.
According to Amaechi, Wike, who is the governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, pays the sum of $1m (N199m) to Patience monthly in order to gain political favour, Punch reports.
The governor further accused Wike of being responsible for the killing an APC member, who was shot dead recently in his (Wike) hometown, adding that the police had been biased and could not arrest the PDP hoodlums who committed the murder.
He disclosed this at a praise and worship session organised by the Ikwerre Youth Movement and Ikwerre Women Forum at Isiokpo, headquarters of the Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
“Do you know that the PDP governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, has been giving one million dollars monthly to the wife of the President, Mrs Patience Jonathan? He has been doing this to gain political favour in the Presidency and to retain the favour.
“For eight years, our Okrika brother (Senator George Sekibo) has been occupying the senate (Rivers East) seat and now it is the turn of an Ikwerre son, but Nyesom Wike has gone ahead to accept another four years for George Thompson Sekibo. This is not acceptable, Chief Andrew Uchendu will take over this time, one man called Nyesom Wike cannot sell Ikwerre birth right,” Amaechi said.
In his reaction, Wike, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Simeon Nwakudu, debunked Amaechi’s allegations, describing it as false.
He said it was another one of Amaechi’s attempt to divert the attention of the public from the monumental corruption under his leadership.
He challenged the governor to respond to the allegations of corruption against him, rather than cook up false stories.
“Amaechi has wasted over N3tn that have accrued to Rivers State, a large percentage of the funds being expended on the sponsorship of APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and the APC,” Simeon said.
It’s been a war of words and accusations since the campaign for the elections started, especially between the PDP and the APC. The political parties have been pointing accusing fingers at each other, slandering their opponent’s candidates.
In Rivers state, the incumbent governor is strongly opposed to Wike, who he doesn’t want to emerge as the state governor. According to him, Wike is an Ikwerre man just like him and it is not right for another Ikwerre man to take over.