Minister of transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said
he will not accept any award from Rivers State governor, Chief
Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, describing the honour as a poisoned chalice.
Amaechi, who is the immediate past governor of Rivers State, is listed
on prominent leaders and past governors, who are to be honoured today,
Saturday, May 27, 2017 as part of activities marking the 50th golden
jubilee celebration of the state.
But, Amaechi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, yesterday by his
media office, said he has not received any communication from the
government house, Port Harcourt and the Rivers State government in
respect of the award.
The statement reads, “In the past couple of days, minister of
transportation and immediate past governor of Rivers State, Chibuike
Rotimi Amaechi has been inundated with calls and enquiries from
journalists about a purported award/honour to him from Nyesom Wike,
the current governor of Rivers State.
“The minister was shown a publication of the Rivers State government
indicating his name as one of many others to be given awards by Nyesom
Wike. But as at today, Amaechi has not received any communication from
Nyesom Wike and/or Rivers State government in this respect.
“Be that as it may, we want to state categorically that whatever Wike
claims to be giving to Amaechi is a poisoned chalice that has been
unequivocally rejected by the minister.
“Firstly, the purported award itself is a contradiction of monumental
proportions, a contradiction that can only come from a warped and
perverted mind. From day one as governor, Wike has made it his sole
point agenda to attack, abuse, insult, falsely and denigrate Amaechi,
his immediate predecessor and erstwhile benefactor.
“Since he became governor, Wike spends most of his time making
reckless, deeply irresponsible, malicious, false allegations against
Amaechi, as he attempts, albeit fruitlessly, to malign and destroy the
outstandingly superb performance and legacy of Amaechi in Rivers
State. So, what are the bases or criteria for Wike to give an
award/honour to a man he (Wike) has rashly attacked and called all
sorts of unprintable names in the past two years?
“For Wike to do a 360 degree turnaround and give an award to a
predecessor, he (Wike) has consistently but misleadingly and
deceitfully called Satan, Judas, non-performer, thief and only this
week a sponsor of cultists, shows evidently that Wike suffers from a
grave but rare form of psychosomatic malady.ELANZANEWS.M