Minister of Transportation and Ex-Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied calling his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike, a drunk.
Recall that Wike had accused the federal government of protecting Amaechi from being prosecuted for corruption.
Wike said the Federal Government’s action is appalling despite the Minister’s “inability to account for $308 million from the sales of the state-owned power plant and other critical assets when he was the Governor of Rivers State.
The Governor said the protection Amaechi is getting is the reason why “he has consistently made efforts to undermine the state government by influencing who is to be posted as Commissioner of Police and General Officer Commanding of the Nigerian Army to Rivers State.”
The minister was also said to have labeled Wike a “drunk” but speaking on Thursday while featuring on an Arise TV programme, Amaechi refused to join issues with the Rivers governor.
“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,” he said.
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)?