Amaechi Ac­cuses Wike of Forg­ing Doc­u­ments against Him

His black­mail of ju­di­ciary will fail, says gov

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The Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Chibuike Ro­timi Amaechi, has ac­cused the Gov­er­nor of Rivers State, Nye­som Wike, of forg­ing doc­u­ments with the in­ten­tion to use them and pros­e­cute him in court.

Amaechi who was the gov­er­nor of Rivers State, al­leged that Wike has been “twist­ing, fal­si­fy­ing and forg­ing fresh doc­u­ments that he in­tends to use against me, brag­ging that he would cer­tainly get a con­vic­tion against him.”

In a state­ment is­sued by his me­dia of­fice yes­ter­day, Amaechi al­leged that the gov­er­nor “wants to use the elab­o­rately dis­torted and most times out­right but care­fully forged doc­u­ments to per­se­cute and pros­e­cute his erst­while bene­fac­tor in court.

“In the past cou­ple of days, Wike has been telling any­one who cares to lis­ten, brag­ging that he will cer­tainly get a con­vic­tion- a judg­ment against Amaechi in the law courts on spu­ri­ous charges of cor­rup­tion us­ing his forged doc­u­ments be­cause he (Wike) is in con­trol of the ju­di­ciary at the state and na­tional level,” the state­ment said.

The min­is­ter al­leged that Wike had been boast­ing that he has the judges in the state ju­di­ciary in his pocket; that he was in full con­trol and that the state ju­di­ciary would al­ways give him any judg­ment he wanted against his pre­de­ces­sor at the apex court, “us­ing his con­torted doc­u­ments.”

He said: “Wike is also telling any­one who cares to lis­ten that the Supreme Court (jus­tices) and judges gen­er­ally are not happy with Amaechi and so they would eas­ily con­vict him with any forged doc­u­ment he presents in court. Wike is us­ing the re­cent visit of the CJN to state as his brag­ging right to prove his ‘ex­treme’ close­ness to the CJN.”

Amaechi al­leged that a few days ago, one Liv­ing­stone Wechie who the gov­er­nor used to ac­cuse him of cor­rup­tion and had writ­ten false and friv­o­lous pe­ti­tions to the Na­tional Assem­bly, Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) has “con­fessed in a live tele­vi­sion programme and in a state­ment he also cir­cu­lated to the me­dia that all the doc­u­ments he used to wrong­fully portry Amaechi as cor­rupt when he gov­erned Rivers State, were phonies, forged doc­u­ments given to him by Wike’s Rivers State Gov­ern­ment House.

“Wechie also ad­mit­ted, like we have al­ways said, that the forged doc­u­ments were used as the tem­plate and ba­sis for the Jus­tice Omere­jiled Ju­di­cial Com­mis­sion of In­quiry, a panel Wike set up early in his ad­min­is­tra­tion to witch-hunt, ma­lign, vil­ify and per­se­cute Amaechi.

“Sadly, this is the kind of ad­min­is­tra­tion that pre­sides over the af­fairs of Rivers peo­ple. An ad­min­is­tra­tion that em­barks on whole­sale forgery and dis­tor­tion of gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments and then re­tails it out to his min­ions, the me­dia and now the ju­di­ciary in a shame­ful and fu­tile bid to de­fame and de­stroy Amaechi. Brazenly, with­out any scru­ples, Gov­er­nor Wike runs an ad­min­is­tra­tion that man­u­fac­tures and con­cocts doc­u­ments to in­dict Amaechi of cor­rup­tion. Yes, this is the kind of char­ac­ter, a low-level con­man that is at the helm of af­fairs in Rivers State,” the state­ment al­leged.

The state­ment also said since he be­came gov­er­nor, Wike’s sole agenda has been to at­tack and vil­ify Amaechi.

The min­is­ter in the state­ment said Nige­ri­ans would not for­get in a hurry how Wike lied that the over $43mil­lion found by EFCC in a lux­ury apart­ment in Ikoyi, Lagos and the apart­ment be­longed to him.

How­ever, Wike has re­acted to the al­le­ga­tion, say­ing the min­is­ter has em­barked on an­other jour­ney to black­mail the ju­di­ciary again and noted that his plan would fail.

In a state­ment is­sued by his Spe­cial As­sis­tant on Elec­tronic Me­dia, Simeon Nwakaudu, the gov­er­nor de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and de­scribed them as un­founded and base­less.

“Our at­ten­tion has been drawn to a reck­less press state­ment cred­ited to Amaechi to the ef­fect Wike is forg­ing doc­u­ments to se­cure his con­vic­tion in a court of law. This al­le­ga­tion is un­founded, base­less and a fig­ment of the imag­i­na­tion of the for­mer gov­er­nor,” the state­ment said.

It noted that the min­is­ter also went ahead to falsely al­lege that Wike bragged that he has the ju­di­ciary at the state and fed­eral level in his pocket to se­cure his con­vic­tion on charges of cor­rup­tion, say­ing, “This is an­other false al­le­ga­tion, merely con­cocted by the for­mer gov­er­nor to dis­tract at­ten­tion from the crimes he com­mit­ted against Rivers peo­ple, by di­vert­ing their re­sources.”

“This state­ment is­sued by Amaechi is part of the cam­paign of calumny launched by the for­mer gov­er­nor, fol­low­ing the foun­da­tion stone laid by the Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria (CJN) Jus­tice Wal­ter Onnoghen for the con­struc­tion of the Rivers State judges’ quar­ters. The for­mer gov­er­nor spon­sored ad­ver­to­ri­als and elec­tronic ad­verts through prox­ies to stop the laud­able project with­out suc­cess, hence the re­sort to false­hood and char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion.

“We are not sur­prised by Amaechi’s an­tics to black­mail the ju­di­ciary. Ever since the Supreme Court vic­tory that val­i­dated the elec­tion of Wike, Amaechi has never failed to ma­lign the ju­di­ciary. The gov­er­nor is a law abid­ing cit­i­zen, who be­lieves in the rule of law. That is why he has fol­lowed due process in tack­ling the is­sues of high level cor­rup­tion against the Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion,” the state­ment said.

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