I did not Embezzle money, Wike lied, N53b not missing – Amaechi

Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has said no N53 billion cash was missing during his tenure as the governor of the state.

Amaechi said the funds were from the Rivers State Reserve Fund, which was duly approved by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

He accused Governor Nyesom Wike of resorting to last ditch efforts to scuttle his nomination as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The ex-governor, who is now a ministerial nominee, 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.”

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