Former Governor of Rivers State and the immediate past minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who is going everywhere in Rivers State campaigning for the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State, Tonye Cole, has made a statement that has sparked controversy.
During a campaign rally held on March 14, 2023, in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi addressed a crowd of supporters and made a statement about the current Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. Amaechi alleged that Wike speaks under the influence of alcohol and spends a whopping ₦50 million on alcohol every week. He went on to say that Wike should not be granted a third term in office through a surrogate. Amaechi’s statement has since generated lots of controversies.
In his words, “The person Wike buys alcohol from, said Wike spends 50 million naira every week on alcohol. The primary schools we built is 112 million naira, it means that in two weeks Wike has drank one primary school. When Wike talks, it is alcohol that is talking. And he’s so shameless about it. Wike told the whole world on live Tv that he was drinking a very expensive 40 year old whiskey, in the morning. ”
In related news, Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has responded to Nyesom Wike’s alleged habit of speaking under the influence of alcohol. Atiku’s statement, issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, referred to Wike’s comments about sipping a 40-year-old whisky while watching Atiku and others protest on national television. Atiku suggested that Wike’s remarks confirmed his tendency to speak under the influence of alcohol and advised him to refrain from drinking, as it has not only affected his speech and behavior but also his cognitive abilities.
Meanwhile, this comes a few days after Nyesom Wike said he was drinking a 40-year-old whiskey when Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led protesters to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in protest.