A former aide of the immediate past Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Barrister Achinike Williams-Wobodo, has debunked claims by the present governor, Nyesom Wike, that the state coffers were left empty before his inauguration.
Williams-Wobodo who was a Special assistant to Amaechi during his tenure, said in a statement posted on the social media platform, Facebook, that the immediate past administration left over ₦7billion in the state government coffers.
He said, “The talk of no money was left in the Rivers State Government Accounts is purely a case of malicious and criminal mischief made to deceive the unsuspecting public and to malign the person of Rt. Hon. Amaechi with the intent to misappropriate the remaining funds in those accounts.
“A reliable source who informed me on condition of anonymity insists that as at the close of Banking Operations on Thursday, 28th of May 2015, there were these funds in the following accounts: N1.4 billion + in the IGR Account, Zenith Bank; N800 million + in the FAAC Account, Zenith Bank; N1.7 billion + in the IGR Account, Skye Bank; N700 million + in Access Bank; N350 million + in GTB; N480 million + in First Bank and N1.5 billion + in State Statutory Savings Account.
“The former Rivers State governor, Rt. Hon. Amaechi left in the Rivers State Government Accounts a cumulative amount in excess of N7 billion.”
He further challenged Governor Wike to prove the lack of funds by making public the authentic bank statement of the accounts as at May 28, a day before inauguration.