River State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has asked the state Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, to go ahead with his threat to probe his administration, saying he has Wike’s records as his (Amaechi) Chief of Staff between 2007 and 2011.
Amaechi said this during one of the programmes organised by Committee of Friends to mark the Rivers State governor’s 50th birthday in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
“I heard that Wike says he will probe me. I have not asked him not to probe me. He should remember that he was my Chief of Staff for four years; I have my records on him. He should go ahead,” he said.
Amaechi added that he did not use his tenure to probe the past administration in the state, noting that such exercise might be a waste of time and resources.
He explained that the people of the state would not applaud him on the basis of how many people he had probed but for his accomplishments in office.
“Go and check, the road leading to Wike’s father’s house, I constructed it. But in front of that same house, a relation of mine was killed on election day,” he added.
The governor blamed the principals of the state opposition party for instigating violence, especially before the last general elections, wondering why people would not mind killing others because of their personal ambition.
“Why will people, because of their personal ambition, not mind killing other people? They gave me all kinds of names but none could accuse me of killing anyone. I have never killed in my life and I will never kill. But because of someone’s personal ambition, human lives mean nothing to some people,” Ameachi said, detailing two alleged gruesome killings in the state.
He wondered why the Peoples Democratic Party opposed the setting up of a panel to probe the pre-election and election day killings in the state if the opposition party did not have anything to hide.
The governor added, “They went and got a kangoroo judgment stopping the panel from sitting, but we appealed the judgment and the court gave the go ahead for the panel to sit.