Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has said he will not “bring himself low” to the level of Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, by replying to the latter’s allegation of financial misappropriation.
Speaking at the inauguration of a road project on Wednesday, Governor Wike accused Amaechi, his immediate predecessor, of remitting the sum of $208,000 from the sale of the state-owned power plant, which was sold for $308 million.
But reacting in a television interview on Thursday, Amaechi said he will not join words with the current governor, who served as his chief of staff while he (Amaechi) was Rivers State governor.
According to the minister, he never committed such an act as alleged, noting that he cannot be publicly exchanging words with Governor Wike, who, he said, does not belong to his level in the political class.
“I don’t think I want to address the issue of the governor, I have made my point and I have moved on,” Amaechi said on Arise News’ The Morning Show.
“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 him?”
The minister also debunked reports that he called Governor Wike a drunk.
“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.