Wike spent N15.5b on PDP Convention, says APC
.Urges EFCC to investigate Rivers governor
Rivers State chapter of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), has condemned the state governor, Nyesom Wike, for allegedly spending the state’s N15.5 billion on PDP National Convention and the emergence of Prince Uche Secondus, as the party’s chairman at the weekend.
Rivers State APC Chairman, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, made the disclosure through his SSA Media and Public Affairs Consultant, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, on Monday, December 11, 2017.
He described the alleged sponsorship by Wike as a wicked ploy to siphon and waste the state’s funds for a venture he said would not benefit the state.
His words: “We are truly miffed and embarrassed about the damning report reaching us indicating that Governor Wike wasted a whopping sum of N15.5 billion of Rivers State funds to finance the candidature of his stooge, Prince Uche Secondus, for the office of the National Chairman of PDP.”
Ikanya further stated that the amount was in addition to the allegation that Governor Wike spent another N7 billion to secure favourable judgment for the erstwhile Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee of PDP during its tussle with the party’s out-of-favour National Chairman, Senator Ali Mod-Sheriff.
He recalled that the former Military President, General Badamsi Babangida, had cried out of the plot to monetise the PDP Convention, stressing that in the same vein, Chief Bode George, the former deputy national chairman of PDP and one of the chairmanship candidates withdrew his candidature, stating that the Yoruba people had been maligned, denigrated and debased by Wike. Ikanya also alleged that the role of Wike during the PDP Convention has created dark picture between the Yoruba and the Rivers people, stressing, “We wish to dissociate ourselves as a party from this unfortunate act.
“This public show of bizarre undemocratic acts spearheaded by Governor Wike that portray our state in such unacceptable bad light is condemnable.
“Further linking our dear Governor with such heinous undemocratic act of circulating a UNITY LIST containing the names of winners of the convention even before the commencement of the convention that made Prof. Tunde Adeniran the only candidate from the South West left to contest the election to reject the conduct of the election exercise even before the results were announced repositions PDP as a party doomed and Governor Wike as its nemesis.”
Ikanya said, “Rivers APC described as shameful, a situation where Governor Wike abandoned governance in Rivers State, denying the state dividends of democracy, only to use Rivers funds to play Father Christmas in his dying party.
“We have always been aware of the notoriety of Governor Wike in acts like this, so we are not surprised that he is today derisively referred to as The Port Harcourt ATM by PDP top stakeholders on account of his huge financial inducement as he is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to take full control of PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“Sadly, back home in Rivers State, the government owes a lot of backlog in salaries to civil servants and arrears of pension to pensioners. The Governor is also known for embarking on low-value projects spiced up with massive media coverage. He has destroyed our education by recalling our students on scholarship overseas, etc, in addition to several other atrocities.”
The party, therefore, urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “to immediately step in to investigate all these alleged diversion of the public funds of the people of Rivers State into unprofitable ventures and cause those concerned to account and assist to retrieve these sums to end the unimaginable ordeal of the good people of Rivers State in Wike’s hands before he completely liquidates the state.”