The immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has denied that N53 bullion cash cannot be accounted for by his administration.
He explained that the funds were from the Rivers State Reserve Fund, which was duly approved by the the State House of Assembly.
Amaechi further accused Governor Nyesom Wike of resorting to last ditch effort to scuttle his nomination as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Rivers State Commission of Inquiry set up by Gov. Wike to probe the Sale of Valued Assets under the Amaechi administration, yesterday submitted its report with the highlight being the claim that N53 billion belonging to the state was diverted by the previous administration.
But Amaechi, who was recently nominated as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, described the panel’s report as a last-ditch effort by Wike to scuttle his screening and eventual confirmation as a member of the Federal Executive Council.
He made the clarification in a statement by his Media Office on Wednesday night in Abuja.
The statement said: “The attention of the media office of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been drawn to a statement credited to the chairman of Mr. Nyesom Wike’s invidious panel of inquiry.
“The statement credited to the panel’s chairman Justice Omeriji of a “missing” N53 billion is unfortunate and leaves much to be desired.
“The mischief is all the more evident as the funds referred to are funds from the Rivers State reserve fund which was duly approved by the Rivers State House of Assembly and whose expenditure were duly captured and accounted for.
“Ordinarily we might not have responded to the mischief of Mr. Wike knowing that having failed with his various desperate tactics to stop the nomination of the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as a minister he has embarked on this last ditch effort which is his trump card in the hope that it will diminish the former governors towering stature as a statesman and honest Nigerian”.