Amaechi Slams Wike, Shuns Commission Of Inquiry


BY COBHAM NSA, ABUJA – The Minister for Transportation and immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has described the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Nyesom Wike as a bias panel deliberately set up to indict him.
According to Amaechi, the ‘bias and predetermined agenda’ to indict him is obvious even in the commission’s terms of reference and that makes his appearance before such panel impossible.
A statement made available to newsmen by his media office in Abuja said the former Governor was not afraid of an impartial and decent probe or investigation or inquiry of his administration; and would cooperate and support such probe or investigation or inquiry in as much as such was done within the ambit of the laws.
Picking holes in the exercise, the statement said, “Wike has set out to do is anything but a fair probe. The commission will not be fair to Amaechi because it was set up to indict him. Wike had repeatedly held that Amaechi, the person to be investigated, acted illegally in the disbursement of public funds and that Amaechi ran a corrupt government.”
The statement accused Governor Wike of prejudging the matter and showing his bias that Mr Amaechi is guilty even before investigations, adding, “This means Wike, with his prejudiced, made up mind has taken a position of a guilty verdict even before the outcome is known or established. The same Wike who had adjudged the yet-to-be-investigated conduct of Amaechi as illegal and Amaechi as corrupt, is the same person that has gone ahead to set up a commission of inquiry and will have the final say on the findings of the commission. What a sham!”
“This bias and predetermined agenda to indict Amaechi is obvious even in the terms of reference of the commission. In one of the defective terms of reference, Wike said the Commission should investigate the circumstances that led to the ‘sale of the state Hotel Olympia’.
“With a fair and decent probe, the Inquiry should have been ‘to examine (or investigate) the transaction concerning Hotel Olympia’.
Describing the Commission’s terms of reference as ‘jaundiced’, the statement further claimed that “it has been prejudiced and concluded that the Hotel was sold, while in the latter, the Inquiry is open and fair, and may lead to a finding of a sale or a lease or even a gift or even a pledge.”
The statement also claimed that accused the commission chairman, Justice G. O. Omereji is a well-known opponent of the former governor and would readily do Governor Wike’s ‘dirty hack job’ because of ‘a long held, extreme anger, hatred and animosity against Amaechi.’

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