The Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has said he would not join issues with his successor, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, saying he was his staff and so, cannot bring himself low before him.
Amaechi stated this on Thursday while featuring on Arise TV programme.
Recall that Governor Wike had on Wednesday accused the APC-led Federal Government of protecting Amaechi from prosecution over misappropriation of proceeds from the sales of some state assets.
Wike said, “People gave you opportunity. You sold our properties, everything. And people are talking in this state because of the government that says they are fighting corruption and protecting people. You (Amaechi) sold our property for $308m and kept for us $208,000.
“That is the kind of people parading themselves in government, for a government that says they are fighting corruption, shame.”
However, the Minister of Transportation was reported to have also labeled Wike a “drunk”, but while speaking on the television programme, Amaechi denied calling the Governor a “drunk”.
“I didn’t say that, that will be disrespectful of a governor; I only say that I don’t make statements under the influence of alcohol. Some people are attaching meaning to what I say.”
“I don’t think I want to address the issue of the governor, I have made my point, I have moved on. He was my staff, I can’t bring myself low. I was a governor, I was also a speaker, I’m a minister. I was two-term chairman of governors’ forum. The same when I was a speaker. Why should I be discussing about him (Wike)?” Amaechi asked.