News Source: Vanguard News.
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has dismissed claims that he is afraid of being invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or any anti-graft agency to account for his stewardship after his tenure ends on May 29.
During a recent live television interview, he made it clear that he will not leave the country or office before his tenure ends because he has committed no crimes that would warrant such an act of cowardice.
In response to whether he was concerned about the EFCC’s statement that some governors were being watched by the agency, Wike stated that he has no reason to be afraid of the EFCC.
Regarding the allegations of Rivers State’s debt profile, the governor clarified that he did not know where the claims are coming from.
He also stated that his administration did not leave any unpaid loan except for the debts owed to Access and Zenith banks, which amount to less than N7 billion in total. According to him, these debts would be settled by June 2023.
Furthermore, Wike declared that he has never collected any foreign loan and that he is only indebted to the aforementioned banks.
Wike expressed his support for the suspension of the National Chairman of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu by his Ward leadership in Benue State.
He claimed that Ayu led the PDP to failure in the general elections and ought to have voluntarily resigned.
Wike also accused Ayu of double loyalty and being more interested in personal gain than the future of the PDP.
He challenged Ayu to deny collecting money from a certain governor in Lagos.
When asked why he worked against the interest of the PDP, Wike stated that he worked for the unity of Nigeria and that he prefers the country’s unity to PDP victory.
Also, he added that he believes power should rotate back to the South in 2023, as President Buhari, a Northerner, will have completed his eight-year tenure