Former governor of Rivers state and incumbent Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, at an inspection of the Kaduna Dry Port on Tuesday said that he will “bring to the focus,” the wife of his successor Nyesom Wike, “if he (Wike) doesn’t shut up his mouth,” Punch reports.
Wike had on Monday alleged that each Commissioner and Local Government Chairman in Rivers State paid Amaechi’s wife N3m and N2m monthly respectively.
When interviewed at the inspection and asked about his successor’s comments, Ameachi had replied,
“By accident of Goodluck Jonathan, I don’t want to attribute it to God, but by the accident of Jonathan, the man takes office and talks rubbish. My wife and family, including my younger brothers and sisters, no one had access to government when I was governor.
“Even as minister, nobody will have such because it is not a family business. It is government business. But the problem with Nyesom Wike, and I want you to state this if he doesn’t shut up his mouth and do his work I will bring his wife to the focus. You see I’ve been very matured not to talk about his wife.
“But if Wike does not close his mouth and talk about my wife anymore, I will bring out his wife. My wife will never do such, we don’t do family business. I care about transparency. My wife is a trader. She buys and sells and Wike knows that.”
When quizzed about another accusation made by Wike that Amaechi had squandered over N30bn belonging to Rivers State, Amaechi said:
“And you believe that? The man who says he has about $50m in Lagos and could not prove it is the same man you believe? The man who said I didn’t pay salaries until I left office and now he is saying no, it is pensioners that I didn’t pay. Do you believe such a man?
“Do you think such a man is well? You believe Nyesom Wike is well? First, he doesn’t know how to speak English, he is poorly dressed, he is a thug, and you bring me to focus with that kind of a man?”