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WIKE THREATENS AMAECHI

imageThe Rivers State Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, has indicated that he will probe the Rotimi Amaechi administration after being sworn in as the chief executive of the state. Wike gave this hint while receiving the interim report of his Transition Committee in Port Harcourt on Monday. He said that his administration would carry out a forensic audit of all government accounts. He claimed that the measure would enable him to recover funds that might have been stolen by top officials of the outgoing administration in the state.

Wike specifically referred to those who allegedly participated in the use of N4.5bn to conduct a local government election by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, even when the court had stopped the exercise. He threatened that they would be made to account for their actions. He also accused RSIEC of embarking on an illegal local government election.

He added that his administration would adopt a comprehensive approach in fighting corrupt elements in the outgoing administration in order to entrench fiscal discipline in the state. “I am not going to be intimidated. The only way we can work together is to check the ills of the past. The right thing must be done. Those who have stolen the resources of the state must be made to account for them. I have the political will to drive the process to its logical conclusion. The massive stealing of government resources was a deliberate attempt to create problems for the incoming administration.”

The governor-elect further declared that all backdated appointments and certificates of occupancy being hurriedly issued by outgoing governor would be set aside. “All the top officials of Amaechi administration who have refused to cooperate in the interest of Rivers State during the transition period will soon cooperate whether they like it or not. Those who have closed the courts will be the same persons rushing to the courts when we open the courts.”

In a response to Wike’s threats, Amaechi’s chief of staff Tony Okocha said,“He (Wike) should also understand that he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.”

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