Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past governor of Rivers state, has reacted to reports suggesting that he owns bank accounts in the United States and Switzerland.
The former speaker of the state’s House of Representatives, denied the reports, stating emphatically that the stories were concocted to ridicule his person and achievements by certain ‘wicked’ people.
A press statement issued by the former governor’s media office explained that Amaechi had planned to ignore the reports, but had a change of mind and decided to inform Nigerians what the truth is.
The statement obtained by Global Village Extra, a US-based online newspaper, read: “Our attention has been drawn to fake stories making the rounds on the Internet and social media about former Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
“The stories are all what they are concocted and failed attempts to ridicule the person and achievements of Rt. Hon. Amaechi. Our initial reaction was to ignore them, but to clear the doubts of those concerned we have decided to issue this statement.
“There is absolutely no truth in fabricated story saying Amaechi has an account with a Bank in Minnesota, USA; same as the concocted write-up alleging that CNN’s Christiane Amanpour accused Amaechi of corruption. They even went ahead to say Amaechi wrote to Bancorp and another bank in Switzerland stating that the said funds were deposited in error. This is absolutely false.
“It is important for the public to note that no such account or accounts exists. There is also no story of Amanpour linking the former governor with any corruption issue or case whatsoever, not on CNN or any verified news source or website associated with Amanpour.
“These are all lies, concocted in an attempt to put the public against the acclaimed people’s governor whose achievements as governor of Rivers State speaks volumes and drew admiration and accolades from within and outside Nigeria.
“All these fictitious stories are the product of the ill imaginations of wicked and unscrupulous people opposed to Amaechi; those jealous and at unease with his continued rise in the country and beyond; those whose life ambition is to pull-Amaechi-down.
“We therefore urge the people to discard and disregard the unfounded rumours. They are all fake.”
The ex-governor also recently claimed that he left about N10billion in the state’s treasury, as against claims by Nyesom Wike, the incumbent governor, that he (Wike) met an empty purse to work with.