Wike, Amaechi Rivers State gov accuses ex-gov of forming new cult

Amaechi described Wike’s allegation as false saying it's the governor's style and pattern of distraction and obfuscation.

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Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and incumbent, Nyesom Wike play

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and incumbent, Nyesom Wike

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The hostility between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi has resumed with both parties in   war of words over an alleged new cult group.

In a report by Punch, Wike had said that Amaechi, has formed a new cult group with the aim of creating security crisis in the state.

Wike, who reportedly made the statement at the commissioning of a project in Rivers State called on security operatives and other security agencies to nip the alleged formation of the new cult group in the bud.

According to him, “Let me alert Nigerians. I am only informing Nigerians and security agencies of the crime against Rivers State by the immediate past governor.

“We have successfully concluded the state amnesty programme for cultists in the state, but the former governor has set up another cult group,” he said.

Speaking further, Wike alleged that Amaechi had assured the members of the new cult group that they would enjoy security protection, adding that the new cult group members had been armed for the 2019 general election.

I am shouting for the security agencies to hear us. Let heavens hear us. Let nobody allow his son to be used. No amount of cult recruitment can intimidate us. I am calling on security agencies to caution the former governor,” he stressed.

Reacting to the allegation through his media office, Amaechi described Wike’s allegation as false saying it's the governor's style and pattern of distraction and obfuscation.

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Amaechi, however, challenged the governor to go to court to prove his claims and stop fabricating falsehood against him.

Wike had further alleged that the new cult group formed by the ex-governor had been christened New Rivers Cult Group.

He called security agencies to caution Amaechi even as he added that the new cult group would be resisted by the law-abiding people of the state.

The statement read: “Yesterday, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, continued to display unabated, his exclusive strand of governorship ‘madness’ when he attempted to link his mentor, benefactor and predecessor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a sponsor of cultists in Rivers State. And as usual, Wike did not provide any shred of evidence to prove his claims.

“Again, Wike’s new cult fabrication against Amaechi fits into Wike’s style and pattern of distraction and obfuscation – tell a lie to distract, and then tell another lie and another lie to distract our attention from the previous lie, creating an endless web of lies, confusion and deception.

“Wike wants us to forget that only recently, he made an allegation that the over $43m found in an Ikoyi apartment by the EFCC was stolen Rivers State funds kept in the apartment by Amaechi. Wike had also lied that the luxury Ikoyi apartment belonged to Amaechi.

“Wike ought to know by now that no one takes him seriously anymore, especially whenever he makes those cooked-up vile, malicious allegations against the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

“This new concocted story is not any different from the previous numerous false allegations he has made against Amaechi,” the statement explained in full.

Wike and Amaechi have been engaging in war of words for several months since they fell out before the 2015 general elections.

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