The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has given a 14 day ultimatum to Governor Nyesom Wike, Governor Ayodele Fayose and Femi Fani-Kayode, to apologise to the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi for linking the Ikoyi $43m to the minister.
The APC in a statement on Monday, April 17, by the state chairman, of the party, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described the accusation as an attempt to tarnish the image of Amaechi because he collaborated with other patriotic Nigerians to oust the PDP regime from power, The Punch reports.
The party maintained that apart from his Abuja residence, the minister does not have any single plot of land in any part of the country.
The party said: “We sincerely sympathise with Wike, Fayose and Fani-Kayode in this failed plot which has once again exposed them for their lowly type of life, even as we wish to remind them that one day we all shall stand before God Almighty to give account of the type of politics people like them are promoting in Nigeria devoid of integrity and ideology.
“It has become very obvious that Wike and Fayose now derive pleasure from mentioning Amaechi’s name whenever any negative thing happens, in order to remain relevant and revive their dwindling political fortunes. Instead of Wike and Fayose to face the myriad of problems they have created for themselves, PDP and their states, they prefer to preoccupy themselves with how to drag the name of Amaechi into every imaginable controversy.
“Their thinking is that by pulling down Amaechi PDP will come back to power come 2019 to continue with their looting spree and destruction of our economy. They truly deserve sympathy because they are “living in a fool’s paradise as Nigerians are now wiser and will never entrust their fate in the hands of wicked and shameless looters like Wike and his co-travellers.”
The APC urged Nigerians to ignore the accusations from Wike, Fayose and Fani-Kayode and requested that the three men apologise to Amaechi for the false accusation within two weeks or it may be left with no other option than to brief its lawyers over the issue.
It said: “Meanwhile, we urge Wike and his confused government in Rivers State to carry out their threat to sue the Federal Government if by the end of seven days the contentious huge sum is not returned to the Rivers State Government or else they should hide their ugly faces in shame if they should fail to do as threatened. We urge the Federal Government for once take the continuous threat from Gov Wike of Rivers State against the Buhari’s administration seriously and call him to order to avoid this confused undemocratic mind from aborting our hard earned democracy abruptly.”
The party said it was unfortunate for Governor Wike to claim that the Ikoyi $43 million was part of the proceeds of the Rivers state gas turbines sold during the administration of Amaechi, when the governor knows that the money realised from the sale was duly lodged in the coffers of the Rivers state government and budgeted accordingly.
“Nigerians can now attest that Amaechi stands as the most vilified, persecuted politician in Nigeria for his bravery, patriotism and commitment to work for a better future for our country. We remain convinced that God who has seen Amaechi this far will always safeguard him from the Wikes and Fayoses, whose favourite pastime is their obsession to plot Amaechi’s downfall – a satanic project which Almighty God will continue to frustrate to the shame of all the Wikes, Fayoses and Fani-Kayodes of this world,” the APC said.