Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has insisted that his resolve to probe the immediate past administration of Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was not a vindictive exercise but one that is motivated by the need to shed light on some grey areas.
The Governor, who stated this while exchanging views with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, revealed that the recommendation of the probe panel would determine the cause of action to be taken against Amaechi. This was as he did not foreclose the possibility of handing over the findings of the judicial panel of inquiry to anti-graft agencies.
His words, “The essence of the judicial commission does not have to do with witch-haunting anybody, but to understand things we could not have understood.
“If he had worked with the transition committee we set up, the committee would have asked one or two questions. No transition committee was set up by government (Amaechi’s administration).
“It is only our state that never had any transition committee. We set up our own transition committee. It made every communication; it wrote. They did not cooperate with it,” he stated.
While accusing his predecessor of merely trying to use the media to divert attention from the probe of his activities while in office, the Governor posited: “He (Amaechi) said he would use all constitutional and legal means. The commission is not an unconstitutional commission. It is a constitutional and legal commission.
“Nobody has been indicted. We only ask them to look into matters and ask one or two questions”, he stressed.
Wike, who further denied receiving any handover note from the past administration, noted: “Let us start from the national level. When Jonathan was leaving, did he just handover just the villa? Did he not handover the whole government structure; from one ministry to the other?”
He averred that the Permanent Secretary of the Government House did not avail him a handover note.