Amaechi accuses Wike of embezzling N3.5 billion Rivers money

The Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused former Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, of embezzling over N3.5 billion state funds.

Mr. Amaechi said the money was paid to the former minister for the execution of some contracts in the state. He said despite receiving the money, the minister did not execute the contracts, a set of classroom blocks and a road in Rivers State.

“My administration gave Nyesom Wike, the contract worth N2 billion to construct Eneka road and he disappeared with the funds,” the governor said. “I even awarded 14 classroom blocks to Nyesom Wike at the cost of N112 million each. But, as you can see, he has not built even a building.”

Mr Amaechi, who spoke on Sunday during a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Akpor Kingdom, Orlu Oriebe, said Mr. Wike “disappeared with the money without constructing the road.”

Messrs. Amaechi and Wike were political allies with the latter serving as a Chief of Staff to the governor. During Mr. Amaechi’s political battle with the presidency, Mr. Wike, who had been appointed minister, pledged loyalty to the president, thus leading to a battle for control of Rivers politics.

Mr. Amaechi has since defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, while Mr. Wike was recently elected the River State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for next year’s election.

In his response to the allegation, Mr Wike’s aide, Sam Nwakaudu, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Amaechi was recycling lies to prevent the former minister from winning the governorship election.

“It is the same recycled lies he has been using since Wike stopped working with him,” Mr. Nwakaudu said.

He said Mr. Amaechi has always failed to provide evidence to back up his claims and that if the governor has any proof of these embezzlements, he should publish them or hand them over to anti-corruption agencies.

“For every time he has made these accusations has failed to provide proof. He should provide evidence of the contract and hand them over to anti-corruption agencies. This particular issue has been used over and over again.

“What kind of contract do you pay the contractor N1.5 billion upfront? These are purely false allegations concocted by Mr Amaechi to divert attention from his failure as governor,” he said.

Mr. Nwakaudu also alleged that Mr. Amaechi used N19 billion of Rivers funds to finance the campaign organisation of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. He said the governor has also approached the State House of Assembly for approval to get another N6 billion loan to fund the presidential campaign of the APC flag-bearer.

When asked to provide proof of these allegations, Mr. Nwakaudu said necessary documents have been sent to anti-corruption agencies for further investigations.

At the traditional ruler’s palace, Mr. Amaechi called on the people of Obio/Akpo Local Government Area, the most populated local government in the state, to vote for the APC in 2015 and ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan is voted out in the presidential election.

“He (Mr Wike) worships money, while I worship God. President Goodluck Jonathan does not like us, that is why we must vote out PDP and Jonathan back to Otuoke. I have developed Ikwerre people, even Nyesom Wike. I will not stop calling them thieves,” he said.

The governor announced that he has paid all outstanding salaries of civil servants in the state and that December Salaries would be paid between the 23rd and 24th to enable them prepare for Christmas.

Mr. Amaechi also used the occasion to lay stones at the foundation of the Akpor Traditional Centre at Ozuoba.
Thanking the governor, Mr Oriebe pledged his unflinching support for the APC and the governor.

“I appeal to you and wish to state categorically that no amount of intimidation, suppression that will make me deviate from supporting Governor Amaechi,” he said. “I have been facing a lot of opposition from the PDP. Thank God, Governor Amaechi has upgraded the Akpor stool to 1st class stool. Please, also consider other neighbouring communities.”


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  • just kennie

    We need people like Amechi, not because he’s a saint but because tyranny and dictatorship must be confronted.

    • Okey

      Yes, like the way the Rivers State judiciary was locked up close to one year now thereby leaving lawyers in poverty, hunger and disease. That’s a better way of confronting tyranny and dictatorship and displaying democracy tenets.

      • Ashibogu

        What has NBA done? Can’t they call a National Lawyers strike the way it was done in Pakistan under former President Musharraf? NIGERIANS are not serious! The day we become serious is the day we take our nation back from the Vikings that have held it in bondage for several years.

        • Okey

          No. All their leaders – state and national – are now dead. Were that cruelty perpetuated by Jonathan you would have seen a highly vociferous NBA. Nothing more can justify their silence on this issue than the truism of the rumour that NBA leaders on that autistic braggart’s payroll while their members are wallowing in untold anguish and hardship.

  • Otile

    The devil is a lair, Judas Rauf is a lair too. Where did he get the money he is lavishing on Imam?

  • Paului

    If Amechi had done his job, Mr Wide should have been arrested for not honoring the contract. But this behavior is prevalence in all Nigerian leaders including the current administration and the past, be it military or civilian leaders. They have allowed looting of the people’s money and this is why Nigeria’s inability to stop corruption. Thanks.

  • John

    Amaechi is an unrepentant liar. He said he has paid up civil servants salaries. My wife is a civil servant, she’s yet to be paid her November salary. Amaechi must stop telling lies. Also, he said he awarded contracts to Wike, let him provide evidences of such awards for the world to see. I want to believe that Amaechi is a great thief. God must punish him severely, he can’t go scot free with all the evils he has perpetrated against the Rivers people.

  • Thepeople

    Why is he telling Nigerians all these now? It all happened on his watch as the governor. What did Amechi do about ? Why did he not make him face justice for bare face stealing. People of our country, Na the same people.

  • Gaffer79

    This is an indictment on the part of Amaechi! Was there no due diligent in the award of a contract amounting to 3.5 billion naira? Why was the project to an individual? Which government pay upfront? Is Wike a contractor?

    Does this mean that contract awards under Amaechi is handed out to individuals rather than competent contractors? Why didn’t Amaechi report this to EFCC and the likes before now?

    • Ashibogu

      Bros., I tire! No wonder he was not chosen as Buhari’s running mate. I am sure Jonathan and his people have details of his sponsorship of Buhari’s campaign. No wonder Jonathan is so confident of beating Buhari. By the time the FG opens up on how he sponsored Buhari, GMB’s cloak of integrity will be torn to shreds. Buhari would have remained in retirement if only he had known the fate that will befall him. Too bad! GMB, so na so you come end?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Ol’Boy, if na Ikebe Super dey gist una for current affairs, I tire o!

        For where Mr. Amaechi become running mate to Mr. Buhari?

        Mba, abeg, make you no dey shoot mouth anyhow.

        • Kabiru Shehu

          Oga charge and bail lawyer, abeg, can you show us where the guy claimed Amaechi became a running mate to Buhari???
          What he said was; ‘no wonder he was NOT Chosen as Buhari’s running mate’!
          Nawa o! Why u dey shoot mouth anyhow nah?? That thing wey una dey smoke no fit una o! Stop am! STOP AM!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            @Mr.Kabiru, it is brainless nincompoops like you who join matters late and with abuses and without a proper understanding of what had transpired that makes even the unintelligent sound worse than reprobates.

            The said statement was edited and corrected after I pointed it out and the other was not honest enough to mark the statement as “EDITED”

            He was waiting for a ‘phool’ like you to come to the brainless conclusion as you just did.

            Go back to bed or learn to think beyond the very shallow.

    • Otile

      My friend this is how Buhari, IBB, Abacha, OBJ, Yar’Adua and infact all govts in Nigeria do business. Rauf is not the fist to award under-the-table contracts. As a matter of fact Ogagun did it with Moji, and all of you heard about it.

      Everybody is now expressing shock as if this is a new phenomenon. This is like saying that you all are shocked to hear that gambling is going on in the bar.

  • Okey

    Wisely and honestly spent: N15 Billion for my parties “democracy” protests and rallies and another N17 Billion for its Lagos presidential rallies.

  • Seye

    I can bet that the Idiots in Nigeria will take sides, as these two persons connive to rob them.
    The so called “the people” will not see two thieves in broad daylight but just one political party.
    What a country, what a people – a people festering like a sore on the face of Africa – a disgrace!

    • Duru

      N112 million each for a classroom block? N2 billion for 14 classroom blocks? This is sheer fraud.

  • Oleku

    Rivers funds gone to the Mohammedans–what a sad event

  • ala

    Amaechi should be impished i call on all well meaning youths elders of rivers state to occupy portharcourt until Amaechi and wike bring back our money

    • Ashibogu

      Dem don shop the money!

  • Objective

    If I understand clearly and I am not missing out something, was Wike not Amechi,s chief of staff before the relationship got sore? If he was, and he was not a private contractor, Julies Badger or OCC, how did he come to get a N2billion contract? I am not saying Amechi is lying. No in fact I believe Amechi; but what I am askinaaag is where is the integrity in Amechi if he gave such contract to a man who is not a construction company and who was also a member of his own government? That is cronism! And what that means is, I think they are both thieves. The only thing is probably that Wike is a bigger thief.

  • Emmanuel

    Some questions for Alhaji Rotimi, 1. Is Onyesom a contractor to get these awards. 2. Was there no APG on these projects so that the banks will be liable to pay back the money. 3. Did the govt mobilize Wike 100% of the project cost against due process? Amaechi is only exhibiting his stupidity and implicating himself further. Even if the allegations are true, Amaechi does not smell of roses.

  • Ayo Yussuff

    Why dont you report him to EFCC…….

  • Spoken word

    Mr GEJ (corruption is just stealing) government is the most corrupt ever. $20 billion disappeared with no trace. In 2011 over $8billion was spent on oil subsidy alone(more than one trillion naira)and you wonder why poverty is rampaging through this country.please when we walk we should walk with our eyes open.haba,after such confirmed corrupt actions,anyone supporting GEJ cannot honestly mean well for the country.

    • Unbiased

      This is why

      • Spoken word

        This country is run like a mafia organisation .with all the members rendering returns to the mafia Don.

    • Unbiased

      Can you see how cynical you can be…. Why not focus on the topic and condemn both Men….. Why not leave the blame game for another day and focus on this 2 crooks or you want to divert the attention from your paymaster? Stop being a sycophant…

  • S.O.S

    “Rotimi Amaechi (Governor of Rivers state) is one of the chief financiers
    of the APC election and a close ally of General Buhari. Information reaching me
    is that international media organizations have already been paid in US dollars
    from transactions (carried out by Amaechi via fire-sale of Rivers State assets
    worth $800million to Sahara Energy for $400 million) to come and cover the
    2015 elections in a Tahir square strategy. The aim of the opposition APC is
    to gather crowds in a single location and beam pictures around the world
    creating the impression that the whole country (Nigeria) is in chaos.”

    ……….Tonye Princewill

    (Labour Party Governorship candidate in Rivers State)

    December 21st, 2014

  • frog2222

    amaechi should take it to the efcc. wike a contractor? amaechi no follow due process

  • Marcel Ritz

    All along I wrongly believed that Rotimi Amaechi was a very intelligent personality until I read this. Did he say he awarded contracts in billions to his former chief of staff and paid him upfront. That the man did not perform and he Amaechi did not do anything about it? My God!
    Amaechi merely used Wike to withdraw that money for his personal use. Amaechi is corrupt just the same as Wike, so he should do well to stop projecting himself as an anti corruption crusader.

  • Taster

    For a very long time this Amaechi stops making sense.

  • warry

    Amaechi is a thief trying to present himself as an anti corruption crusader but if you analyze his statements very well you will see that he even exposes himself. Funny enough he is one of Buhari’s change agents with stolen money. Meanwhile, he is attacking GEJ for his imminent Prosecution.

  • Frank Bassey

    This is nonsense. How would Wike embezzle Rivers money? Amaechi used Rivers money to fund Buhari’s election campaign so that he will be made Buhari’s running mate. But they made him campaign manager. Shame.

  • Objective

    Our analyses of Amechi’s comments is not to call Jonathan a saint. In fact I think Amechi is a better devil by far. Jonathan’s hand is too oily. His performance in the last six years appalling. Tonye Princewill should also not use this platform to make unsubstantiated allegations. Some of these allegations may insult the intelligence of readers.

    We have tested Jonathan for six years and we had a taste of Buhari for one year and eight months between 1983 and August 1985. The question now is whom will you rather have back? The answer is simple. Buhari out performed all these people on all fronts. I don’t want to be an ethnic apologist, A Buhari presidency without an Amechi Vice presidency is very good for Nigeria and they potentially have it. Not because Amechi Is bad but I think he Is Hot headed.

  • favourtalk

    Imagine! So wike got all the campaign funds from the minister post that he held over there wat a disgrace to PDP
    They have embezzled enough funds in Nigeria and thier else, we will destroy them by voting the deadly party out in 2015

  • Wise Head

    Mr. Amaechi should shut up. If as Governor you gave an aide you appointed such an amount of money and he disappeared with it, what did you do? Why are we just hearing it? Why did you not send him to the EFCC? Why did you not sack him? Why did Amaechi go ahead to recommend him for a Federal job? The problem with Amaechi is that he has become so much in love with his own voice (and is pitiably blinded by the chorus of praises from minions he has surrounded himself with) that he is no longer capable of realizing when he is talking crap. After his vice-presidency misadventure which allegedly cost Rivers State billions of naira, the best he can do is to keep quiet and think of what would become of him if Saint Buhari does not win and help to shield him from the just consequences of his massive financial crimes against the Rivers people.

  • the_adviser

    There is no honour among thieves.


    Well said….stealing is not corruption…

  • kola amzat

    If I were Amaechi, I would accept my fate, channel my efforts on productive ventures and allow Wike to be. All these falsehood by the governor will nor deter the crowing of Wike as the next governor of Rivers State.

  • e!

    Pls is nyesom wike a contractor?how can you as a governor say you gave your chief of staff a contract which is against the Nigerian constitution.make u comot for brick house I hia say u no go jail.

  • Alvinkay

    I think you have lost your sense of reason. How many years have it taken you to say this? Now they are holding you accountable for selling of Rivers assets and and embezzlement .You come here to shout as usual. Arrant alert !!! Even if you gave Wike the money and hide it all this years, you are corrupt.You deserve to be jail.The same with Wike,If found guilty. Bad eggs !! Amaechi na mumu oohh!!!


    I don’t think Amaechi cuold like to stay at the bricks house for 2015 for those that are blabbing against him should have a rethink with a sound mind,what so matter at this juncture is who to replace him at the brick house as mentioned.If you ask amaechi as your rightly saying investigate properly you will perceive sum atom of truth in what he said come to think of it is wike better of amaechi we are crucifying the answer is no wike is no better person if his gov is also not better so let live him out of this and vote person with integrity and reputable character not the both lairsas we said thanks