How Wike plotted to destroy Amaechi politically - Former PDP chieftain makes strong allegations against Rivers governor
- Prof. Henry Ugboma, an ex-PDP member, said Governor Wike made efforts to tarnish the reputation of his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi
- The former PDP chieftain further claimed that part of Wike's plans was to ensure his predecessor did not get any political appointment from President Buhari
- However, the Rivers state government in its reaction has denied all the allegations
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Professor Henry Ugboma, a member of Wike’s transition committee in 2015, has accused the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike of setting an agenda to discredit his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Ugboma stated that tarnishing Amaechi’s image was Wike’s number one agenda even before his inauguration as governor of the state, The Punch reported, citing an interview it monitored on Arise TV on Monday, April 12.
Ugboma who is now the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital said Wike's plot against Amaechi was one of the reasons he (Ugboma) left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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“I can rightly tell you that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has this paranoid issue against the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. I noticed this as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party and that was one of the reasons I left the party.
“I was a member of the transition committee set up by Wike immediately after the election to marshal out and put together things that will destroy the honourable Minister of Transportation, and Governor Wike immediately set us to task, that we must derive, contrived things that will mess up Amaechi and destroy him politically, and make sure that he doesn’t take up any political position in the country.”
Ugboma also alleged that Wike made efforts to ensure Amaechi did not the chance of serving in President Buhari’s cabinet.
Rivers state government reacts
Reacting, the state commissioner for information, Paulinus Nsirim, dismissed Ugboma’s allegations.
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Nsirim further accused Amaechi of refusing to hand over to Governor Wike. He added that a panel of inquiry set up by the Wike-led government indicted the transportation minister.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Wike said he was one of the major instruments used to make the transportation minister the governor of Rivers state.
“I was the one God used to make Amaechi governor. I will even give you a tape from what he said in the church; that after God, I’m next. But when he was talking the other day, saying I was his staff, his employee, I said no problem."
He was reacting to Amaechi's comment that he was his employee while in power.
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