- The war of words between Governor Nyesom Wike and Rotimi Amaechi is getting tougher
- Replying Wike on Thursday, March 11, the minister of transportation said the Rivers governor once served under him
- Amaechi maintained that he doesn't have the time to join issues with the PDP governor
Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, on Thursday, March 11, gave Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state an earful.
The minister, reacting to an earlier comment by the Rivers governor, said that it is not in his character to join issue with the governor, especially since, according to him, Wike was one of his staff while he was in office, Punch reports.
Amaechi voiced out:
"He was my staff, I can’t bring myself low. I was a governor, I was also a speaker, I’m a minister. I was the two-term chairman of the governors’ forum. The same when I was a speaker. Why should I be discussing him?”
He also alleged that Wike at a time sold the state's asset and kept back part of the proceeds for himself after lying about the amount of money he got from the sale.
"You sold our properties, everything. And people are talking in this state because of the government that says they are fighting corruption and protecting people. You sold our property for $308m and kept for us $208,000."
However, the minister made it clear that he has since moved on from being at odds with the governor and getting angry over his remarks.
Earlier, Amaechi in 2020 berated Wike following the governor's statement that Nigeria would be set on fire should the president fail to entertain the demand of the south-south people for restructuring.
Amaechi said such a statement should not have come from the "mouth of a sitting governor".
The transport minister, who ruled Rivers between 2007 and 2015, said the demand of the south-south was expedient but the region had the opportunity to call for restructuring during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
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