Amaechi, Tonye Cole must account for $50Million

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has asked his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, and a governorship aspirant, Tonye Cole, to account for the sum of $50 million belonging to the state government.

Wike has made several allegations relating to improper handling of public funds against Amaechi, who currently is a minister and a presidential aspirant.

In his statement, signed by Kelvin Ebiri, his special assistant on media, Governor Wike said the money was taken from the state’s account with Access Bank.

“Tonye Cole will have to first answer to what had happened to the $50 million his Sahara Energy Company received through the Access Bank from the Rivers State government when Chibuike Amaechi was governor.

“Whoever knows him should tell him.

I asked them what is the job you people did for Rivers state? Can I see the contract paper, did you people loan us money?” said Wike

He continued, “You think you can sell this state. The former governor think that he can bring his business partner, after you have sold all our gas turbines, Olympia hotel, collected our $50million cash.”

“People think we will sit here and you will sell our state. Nobody can sell this state. Nobody can make this state his personal estate. A governor must be somebody who wants to develop this state, not somebody who wants to put the state in his pocket.”

TheCornet reports that Tonye Cole won the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress in 2018, but legal encumbrance stopped him from taking part in the main election.

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