Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dragged his predecessor and current Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi to church over the $43 cash haul uncovered by operatives of the EFCC in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
Wike, during the Easter celebration on Sunday at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church in Rumuepirikom, prayed to God to touch the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government so it will return to Rivers State, the said cash.
The governor had claimed that the $43 million was part of monies stolen from Rivers State during Amaechi’s tenure as governor.
Wike said contrary to the “false propaganda being peddled by the embattled Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, he has not declared war on the Federal Government, but the Rivers State Government was simply requesting the return of funds belonging to the state.
“I cannot declare war on the Federal Government. Anybody bringing Buhari’s name, should leave Buhari and face his own problems. The issue is who kept the money at the Ikoyi Residence. “The money was kept there by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.”
“No amount of blackmail, no amount of distraction will stop us from getting our money,” Wike stated.
The governor further alleged that about 70 to 80 per cent of the APC campaigns in 2015 were sponsored using funds stolen from the coffers of Rivers State by the then Governor Rotimi Amaechi.