Wednesday, March 2, 2016


 Patience Jonathan and Other PDP Stalwarts  Storm Wike's Thanksgiving.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike , Former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili and former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan  at the reception of the Thanksgiving Service  to mark the governor's Supreme Court victory on Sunday at Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Rumuipirikom, Port Harcourt

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has accused his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, of allegedly spending the sum of one hundred and fifty million dollars ($150m) to finance the 2015 elections of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Wike made the allegation while speaking at a thanksgiving service held at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumueprikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.

He said Amaechi who was Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation allegedly spent the huge sum between December 1 and 18, 2015 to sponsor the national election campaigns of APC.

 Wike vowed to recover monies belonging to the state, just as he called for a comprehensive fight against corruption and canvassed support for the prosecution of all those behind the alleged looting of funds.

The governor further said a plot had been hatched to arrest and detain him before the national and state assemblies rerun elections which had been postponed to March 19, 2016.

Wike restated his earlier declaration that he would not allow the rigging of the rerun elections in the state, warning that any INEC staff who attempts to rig would be treated as an armed robber.

“Nothing is impossible with God. We won the election clearly as confirmed by the Supreme Court. If there was a rerun, I wouldn’t have contested because there would have been bloodbath. I resolved not to be part of anything that would bring bloodbath,” he said.

“I am the executive governor of Rivers State and a strong one for that matter. We will support INEC to conduct credible elections. However, any official who plans to rig will get the treatment reserved for armed robbers”, he said.

He however, expressed concern over the lopsided manner corruption was being tackled in the country, adding that only perceived enemies of the ruling party were being accused of corruption.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of the Province of Niger Delta, Anglican Communion, the Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, charged Governor Wike to imbibe the virtues of loyalty, humility and ensure accountability, as everyone would be held accountable to God.

Some of the dignitaries who graced the event include former First Lady of the country, Dame Patience Jonathan, Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr. Kelechi Igwe, former governors of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili and Celestine Omehia.
Others were former Military Governor of old Rivers State, King Alfred Diete Spiff, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Peter Obi, members of the PDP National Working Committee, Senators Foster Ogola, Ben Murray Bruce, Lee Maeba, George Sekibo, former Deputy Speaker, House of Representative, Austin Okpara as well as former ministers.

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