Amaechi denies spending N82m on dinner for Soyinka, dares Wike to go to court

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A former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, has debunked allegations by the state government that he misappropriated the sum of N82 million to organise a dinner for Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

In a statement by the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi Media Office, Wednesday, Mr. Amaechi warned Mr. Wike “and the coterie of court-jesters and attention-seekers” in his administration to desist from peddling falsehood.

Mr. Amaechi, who is the current Minister of Transportation, also warned against making false allegations and criminalizing legitimate government transactions in a bid to smear his reputation.

The statement urged Mr. Wike to go to court if he had any case of fraud or misappropriation of state funds against him instead of “this silly distractions”.

He said the latest allegation by the state government was aimed at distracting the people from Mr. Wike’s “massive electoral fraud” during the last elections.

“Wike must stop this silly distraction. Rivers people are not interested in his lies and witch-hunt. Rather, Rivers people want to know what will happen to their children that he stopped and cancelled the funding of their scholarships abroad.

“Rivers people want to know why is the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA), an agency set up by law no longer functioning under Wike?

“Why instead of quality education, a standard set by his predecessor, under Wike, grasses and weeds have taken over the beautiful schools built by Amaechi?

“Rivers people want to know why the standard health facilities and services put in place by the Amaechi administration are rotting away, not this petty rambling.

“Rivers people want to know why the Wike government does not care about the security of their lives and property, as violence and criminals have taken over.

“Rivers people want to know why it feels as if there is no government in Rivers State, and this is in spite of the billions of naira that has accrued to the Wike administration and the tens of billions of naira borrowed,” he alleged.

The statement warned Mr. Wike against dragging the names of globally respected persons such as Mr. Soyinka into his “unbridled, unashamed and ill-advised attack of his former boss and benefactor”.

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  • Kongi’ Trial

    Rotimi Amaechi is fooling himself by doing what un-intelligent people do; i.e: by arguing against the vouchers.
    He is dumb (though always been) because the new Rivers state governor is reading from Amaechi’s accounts.
    By law, no one is permitted to deny his own written records; or does common sense permit any such nonsense.
    A prima facie case of stealing is made out here and Wole Soyinka may be implicated as accessory to the fact.
    Anyone possessed of average intelligence would not go and eat 82 million Naira dinner hosted in his name.
    Wole Soyinka has failed that judgment test and he may now have a case to answer in conspiracy to steal.

    • BigMa

      Kongi’Trial,
      Your logic here does not sound like someone “possessed of average intelligence”, just quoting you.

      • mselsie

        @BigMa:disqus

        You know what? Me i have been watching very well. Do you know that since our Nigerian journalists
        exposed Muhammadu Buhari for awarding himself 1.8 billion Naira as food allowance Wole Soyinka
        did not say anything? I was now thinking that maybe old age is disturbing his mouth. I did not know
        that Wole Soyinka too has eaten his own 82 million Naira food – just one food at a sitting O! Haba!

        If it was before Wole Soyinka will go straight to VANGUARD OR PUNCH to abuse BUHARI for the
        1.8 billion Naira Buhari put inside Nigeria 2016 budget for food allowance of himself as president.
        Soyinka will bend his neck at right angle to say OUR COMMON HUMANITY HAS BEEN VIOLATED.
        But he can’t say that nowadays. He has just kept quiet since on the Buhari matter. This is how the
        man died O! Corruption has killed Wole Soyinka mouth finish he can’t say nothing . The man died.

        • Kuku

          You just demonstrated how primitive you’re. You actually reason with your anus like you boss rottweiler called Wike.

    • Reymeline

      Why trouble yourself, he already challenge Wike who will soon be removed as River State Governor – to go to court if he had any case of fraud or misappropriation of state funds against him instead of “this silly distractions”.

    • Kuku

      He cannot be as dumb as you are.

    • Iskacountryman

      dat soyinka sef…na long throat go kill am…

  • pere9000

    YOU CAN SEE IT NOW O! SEE HOW APC AND WOLE SOYINKA USED WAYO TO
    THIEF 82 MILLION NAIRA FROM OUR POCKET IN RIVERS STATE WITH DINNER.
    WE WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF RIVERS STATE HAVE NOT EATEN 82 MILLION
    SINCE WE WERE BORN – BUT SOYINKA CAME TO RIVERS FOR THREE HOURS
    AND HE ATE 82 MILLION NAIRA FOOD FROM OUR REVENUE ALLOCATION MONEY.
    THIS IS LIKE GENOCIDE. THIS IS A REAL CRIME AGAINST RIVERS POOR PEOPLE!

  • Arabakpura

    Austin Tam George will destroy Wike!

  • favourtalk

    Let the guy wake up, he is confused and will cost him the re election. No madam peace to rig the election for him again. The people will now vote baseon credibility and those they like and no more base on ethnicity bias again

  • Say the truth

    Amaechi calls spending 82 million on a dinner in honor of Soyinka a ‘legitimate government business’. Wonder shall never end. It is allowed if 300million for borehole is a legitimate government business in APC.

    • Rommel

      Amechi said Ezenwo Nyesom Wike should send the case to court if he suspects that something was not done right,what part of his statement did you not understand? or are you finding it difficult to understand how to live in a civilized environment?

      • Okafor

        What did Soyinka contribute to Rivers state that he deserved such honour? Is he from the state? Or what? While the state was owing ,N82 million was being spent on ‘honouring’ his in-law. Enough money to pay junior civil servants for one year. Those politicians are not worth dying for; they only need us during election after which we are on our own. That was a huge sum of money

    • Reymeline

      The statement urged Mr. Wike to go to court if he had any case of fraud or misappropriation of state funds against him instead of “this silly distractions”. – Wike should go to cour with evidence – Period

  • Nkem

    Mr Amaechi, this one is not a defense now. Why premium times even gave it that title beats me.

  • endipin

    Next time your friend invite you to dinner, demand receipt of the pot, cooking gas, pepper/tomatoes/onions and other condiments used in preparing the soup. Don’t forget to send EFCC and ICPC to audit the source of the fund for the purchase of FUFU/ GARI! And the Bush meat (aparo?) with palm-wine to wash down the food

  • shola

    Not “warning” Drag him to court for making false allegations against you and criminalizing you and the Nobel laureate. That’s all.

  • Burbank

    Wike’s last days as a politician.
    Wike will NOT goes to court as his lies against Amaechi will be exposed.