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Alleged missing N53bn: Rivers APC insists Amaechi is innocent; dismisses panel’s report as ‘rubbish’

Dr Davies Ikanya, the Rivers State APC Chairman
Dr Davies Ikanya, the Rivers State APC Chairman

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has dismissed the indictment of former Governor of the state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi by a panel headed by Justice George Omeriji set up by the state government to probe his past administration.

The concluded in its report concluded that Amaechi would have to account for a missing N53 billion.

Reacting, Thursday, to the report by the panel, the Rivers APC explained in a statement signed by Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the state chairman, that the allegedly missing money is from the Rivers State Reserve Fund, adding that the withdrawals were duly approved by the state House of Assembly and the expenditure duly captured in the State Budget and accounted for.

“This claim of a purportedly missing N53 billion under Amaechi’s watch is pure rubbish and a mere rubber-stamping of the well known position of Chief Wike, who indicted Amaechi even before the Justice Omereji Commission of Inquiry started sitting.

“This, of course, is an exercise in futility. As we have always maintained, Amaechi’s hands are spotlessly clean as he conducted the affairs of state in a transparent manner throughout his eight years in office as Rivers State Governor from 2007 to May 2015,” Rivers APC said in a statement issued this afternoon in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.

“How on earth can someone in his right senses describe funds withdrawn with the approval of the legislature and spent as prescribed by the State Budget to be missing? Wike in his desperation to stop Amaechi’s appointment as a minister has resorted to dancing naked in the market place. We know that the next thing he will do is to hurriedly issue a White Paper on the issue in the hope of stopping Amaechi’s confirmation as a minister by the Senate but his plan has already failed, just as he failed in his devious plot to stop Amaechi’s nomination in the first place,” the party said.

The Rivers APC, therefore, dismissed Wike as ‘a drowning man who is desperate to drag Amaechi down with him, as he is fully aware that his days as governor are numbered as the stolen mandate would soon be retrieved by the rightful owner, Dr. Dakuku Peterside of APC.  ‘

The party appealed to Nigerians, “especially President Buhari and the Distinguished National Assembly members to discountenance Wike and Omereji’s theatrics, noting that it was due to their obvious bias that neither Amaechi nor APC bothered to either recognise or have anything to do with the kangaroo panel.”

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