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Umahi Blasts Wike: ‘You Are Simply Packing Rivers Cash & You Are Boasting’

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The embattled governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has accused his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike of stealing public funds belonging to his state (Rivers).

That is the newest assault within the confrontation between Umahi and Wike because the sacking of the previous by a court docket.

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja, had ordered Umahi and his deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, to vacate their places of work for defecting from the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wike had adopted that up by saying Umahi ought to return the mandate he acquired on the platform of the PDP, later including that he was behind his colleague’s travails.

Umahi had replied, saying he couldn’t be sued as a governor and that the judgment poses no menace to his presidential ambition.

Chatting with journalists on Wednesday, Umahi attacked Wike, calling him a thief who lacks mental capability.

He stated, “You heard him on Channels (TV) boasting that he’s behind…, a mere man that depends upon the breath of God, I pity him. It’s a disgrace. You’re boasting to take away one other governor.

“What qualifies you? Simply since you are packing cash that’s public funds, not mental materials, however simply packing public funds and you’re boasting about it.

In any other case, who’re you? I grew to become a billionaire on the age of 25.

“I’ve labored all my life and I’ve requested him to return for public debate. I don’t fee 3.4 km roads, I fee 35 km roads. I fee twin flyovers working into 1km, I fee megaprojects with little sources. So, if he says he has finished properly and is Mr This or That, let him come for a public debate with me. Let’s begin with our childhood, so I’m not disturbed.”

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SaharaReporters had printed a report about how Wike revealed Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Abuja because the decide he makes use of for ‘soiled jobs’.

Wike had throughout his latest inauguration of the reconstructed 3.4km jap bypass in Port Harcourt stated he was behind the sacking of David Umahi as governor of Ebonyi state.

“You carry the vote of one other social gathering and be a part of one other social gathering. Are you able to switch votes? In case you are defecting, go away the seat. And it will checkmate most of those political harlots who won’t ever sit in a single place, in search of excuses right here and there.

“You possibly can’t take our property and say we must always shut our mouths. How can we shut our mouths? And say those that are behind it. We’re behind it.

“If your pals don’t need to inform you, me, I’m concerned. So, no person ought to threaten us. You aren’t our pal. You aren’t a member of our social gathering. Depart what belongs to our social gathering,” Wike had boasted.

Umahi left the PDP in November 2020, attributing the motion to the “injustice” finished to the South-East.

Consequently, the PDP instituted a swimsuit towards the governor, his deputy, the APC and the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC).

In his judgment, Justice Ekwo held that having defected to the APC, each Umahi and his deputy had by dumping the PDP additionally forfeited the votes that belonged to the social gathering.

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He added that going by the result of the governorship election, the places of work of the governor and deputy governor in Ebonyi state belong “to the plaintiff and no different political social gathering”.

Nonetheless, sources on the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja advised SaharaReporters that Justice Ekwo is named “Wike Choose”.

They added that the judicial officer is so enmeshed with Wike that the governor completely has legal professionals stationed in his court docket to observe his circumstances.

“Have been you stunned when Governor Umahi criticised Justice Ekwo over the judgment, describing him as a hatchet man? Justice Ekwo is named ‘Wike Choose’ right here.

“He’s so enmeshed with Wike that Wike completely has legal professionals stationed in his court docket to observe his circumstances.

“The Rivers State governor is named the ‘Golden Boy’ of the judiciary over his capability to bribe judges in any respect ranges. He was identified to have awarded the contract of constructing the Courtroom of Enchantment to a sitting decide, President of the Courtroom of Enchantment, then, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

“Again to Justice Ekwo, among the circumstances with him are circumstances Wike is instantly or not directly concerned in,” a supply had stated.

One other supply had added, “The Ebonyi governor didn’t lie when he stated we had been in hassle on this nation as a result of justice may now be bought anyhow, the reckless assertion of Wike yesterday confirmed that.

“He has turned Justice Ekwo to his homeboy. This similar decide was used to take away Sowore as AAC (African Motion Congress) chair and Malcolm Fabiyi as his deputy. He refused to listen to the case on advantage. And when he gave the judgement, he refused to make copies accessible earlier than happening trip.

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“When your medium (SaharaReporters) wrote about this unethical behaviour, he hurriedly referred to as off the holiday to make a replica of the judgement accessible. Ever since then, he has averted Sowore’s circumstances assigned to him. He sometimes returns them to the Chief Choose.”

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