The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has advised Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike to face the current challenges facing his administration and stop attempting to drag down the reputation of its notable leaders, especially the minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside.
The party also said both Amaechi and Peterside do not have any link with an online media organization, Sahara Reporters and any other organization, pointing out that both leaders have at one time or the other come under intense scrutiny of the online media organization.
APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday by its publicity secretary, Senibo Chris Finebone, further said the Justice George Omereji-led Judicial Commission of Inquiry that probed the sale of valued assets of the state did not indict the immediate past governor of the state.
The statement reads, “APC leaders in Rivers State (including Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Dr. Dakuku Peterside) have no direct, indirect or any other form of links with Sahara Reporters as an organisation or with any of its personnel. Records abound to prove that Amaechi and Peterside have, at one time or the other, come under intense scrutiny in the reports of Sahara Reporters.
“It important for Gov. Nyesom Wike to fix his relationship with Saharareporters (if need be) without attempting to drag the names of APC leaders especially those of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Dr. Dakuku Peterside into it for whatever reasons. The two individuals have nothing to do with Saharareporters whatsoever.
“It begs the question when Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike says that the two very busy respectable individuals can spare the time to think about the governor and how to sponsor Saharareporters to scrutinize him, his infamous reputation and derelict government.
“It is a statement of fact that the Justice Omereji Panel that was set up by Governor Nyesom Wike to target, foist and pin corruption charges on his predecessor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, failed woefully because it could not find anything to pin on the former governor.
“To this day, despite all the challenges by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi for the state government to take him to court, it has been impossible because there is absolutely no ground to do so and the state government knows it.
“Unfortunately, the governor and his men have never sent out any press statement without their favourite hallucinatory mantra of N3 trillion received by the former governor – something contrived to fool ordinary Rivers people and Nigerians.
“Indeed, it is sad and primitively disingenuous for the governor, his co-travellers and cohorts to huff and puff over an imaginary N3 trillion that got to Rivers State in Amaechi’s 8 years but often dishonestly display selective amnesia when they pretend to forget the many landmark projects and programmes of the Amaechi administration.”