Wike denies embezzling N3.5 bn Rivers money

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike, has denied the allegation that he embezzled over N3.5 billion in state funds.

The incumbent governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, accused Mr. Wike of stealing the money, which Mr. Amaechi said was given to the former minister of education to execute some contracts in the state.

Mr. Amaechi said despite receiving the money, Mr. Wike failed to carry out the projects which included the construction of a set of classroom blocks and a road in Rivers State.

In a press statement, Mr. Wike’s spokesperson, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the allegation was false and aimed at taking attention away from the governor’s “failure” to deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

Mr. Nwakaudu denied Mr. Wike was awarded any contract by the governor. He asked that proofs of the contracts be made public and presented to the relevant law enforcement agents.

He noted that the nature of the allegation revealed the rot in the management of the state resources and proved that Mr. Amaechi and his associates had squandered state resources through frivolous payments.

“How can a state governor claim that he paid N3.5billion upfront for contracts yet to be executed?” Mr. Nwakudu asked.

“By now, he ought to have realized that the same allegations he peddled did not stop him from losing the state PDP machinery, before he fled into political exile,” Mr. Nwakaudu said.

He alleged that Mr. Amaechi spent N19billion on the campaign of the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in the hopes of being appointed Mr. Buhari’s running mate.

According to Mr. Nwakaudu, Mr. Amaechi was made the director general of the Buhari Campaign Organization, to make up for losing out of the vice presidential candidacy and to further waste Rivers State Government resources in a project that is bound to fail.

“Amaechi is a failed governor whose only legacy is propaganda,” Mr. Nwakaudu said. “He has nothing to show for the trillions of naira that have accrued to Rivers State under his supervision, other than engage in political mind games that have been of no benefit to the state.”


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  • Ashibogu

    Between Amaechi and Wike someone must be telling the truth or lying to us. You be thief, I no be thief! You be robber, I no be robber! Yeye dey smell!

    • John

      Let Amaechi being the first to accuse show proof that Wike was actually awarded those contracts. I strongly doubt it because until now that Wike indicated interest to govern Rivers state, Amaechi never told us all this. Infact, he claims to be the one that recommended Wike for ministerial appointment. Why should you recommend someone who stole 3.5 billion naira state funds? Sincerely Amaechi has to publicly prove his case if he’s serious and do so quickly too before Wike is voted in as his successor government..

      • Musa Aliyu

        Who go vote yeye to power? This time around we shall not allow them rig

        • sleek

          so in ur little mind, if PDP wins. its rigging… if APC wins, its not rigging. i sorry for all APC supporters

  • Frank Bassey

    I am afraid Amaechi will go berserk should he lose Rivers. He will put the state on fire. If after spending N19 billion to support Buhari, he lost the bid to become VP and was given Campaign Manager, he naturally should be angry. No wonder he has declared that he will form a parallel government and will not go to court if his party loses.

    • Es3

      APC can only trust loose cannon Amaechi to spend Rivers State money for them, not for any other responsible position either for himself or his nominee!!!

  • Spoken word

    Wike.please explain to us how you became a billionaire.and why do give patience money every month.

    • Es3

      Have you yet asked Amaechi where he got the =N=19 billion he spent so far on Buhari’s election???!

      Or to you it is a case of Amaechi said it so it must be true?!

      • Spoken word

        You have obviously lost your mind.you are obviously used to spending hundreds of naira. Na like that dem dey spend billions of naira on one person in 6 months.errant nonsense

        • Es3

          From your response it is very apparent that it’s either you have no idea on how party conventions, primaries and even the main elections are prosecuted in Nigeria, or that you have truly lost your mind as you claim here?!!!

          It pays to learn in humility, so I would counsel that you ask Nigerians on this forum about money in the party events I mentioned here, of which Amaechi financed for APC and Buhari!!!

  • Rommel

    Looking at the face of this man Wike,he ate that money

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Lwkm. Do they eat money these days? Thought it’s spending.

      • Rommel

        my brother,it’s because of this rechristening of embezzlement of public funds as you pointed out that it has flourished,let us call a spade a spade,Wike “ate that money”,that is the language that the masses of Nigeria understand.

    • Es3

      If Amaechi (that we all know) had a shred of evidence of such a weighty allegation against Wike, would he have waited till now without putting it in the public domain to boost his ego???!

  • Musa Aliyu

    You liars PDP blood sucker amaechi has everything to show. The projects he handled is greater than what the PDP federal government has done in 15 years of embezzlement. Even his primary schools resuscitation is enough, not to talk of roads. Go to sleep you thieves.

    • Es3

      Have been to Rivers State within the last 4 years, or this is from what the newspapers and APC tell you???!!!

      Visit the state first, then you can comment later!

    • sleek

      which road, my listen, there is no road in rivers state

    • sleek

      my friend, rivers state does not have roads oooooo…..

  • favourtalk

    Wike the man who speaks with double mouth and runs his mouth all the time, the time has come for him to forget about the government becUse his house and party are on fire. All the money he stole from the ministry of education will be wasted very soon in the coming poll. Change is here to sweet the umbrella away

  • Mike udi

    Ameachi is guilty to agree he paid a contractor upfront in full. Y re will selective/ bias in criticism our govt ?

  • ijawboy

    My brother tax evasion or default is a crime against the state and her people