There’s been a new development in the ongoing verbal battle between Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Ned Nwoko.
In a video, Wike had poked fun at Nwoko for the $418 Paris Club refunds.
Nwoko responded with a statement signed by his Media Directorate in which he vowed that Wike would spend time behind bars due to his alleged corrupt practices.
He also claimed that Wike’s claims of receiving 13% derivation payments from South-South States were false.
Nwoko released a statement to NewsXtra in which he criticised the voluble governor for his “carelessly dabbling again into the issue of the $418 Paris Club refunds, a legitimate entitlement of Prince Ned Nwoko, whose patriotic ingenuity, as a time-honoured lawyer, secured billions of dollars in favour of local and State governments, including Wike’s administration, as a beneficiary.”
According to him, Wike was scolding Nwoko because the international lawyer had staked a claim on funds legitimately earned and approved by the Federal Government based on multiple court judgements and three separate EFCC reports.
“When have demands for professional fees duly sanctioned by statutory authorities and scrutinised by anti-corruption agencies like EFCC and DSS become ‘fraud’.
“We are appalled by Wike’s wicked and despicable wild goose chase.
“Ned Nwoko Media directorate asserts, on the contrary, the Rivers State governor received a whopping share of over 60 billion Naira from the Paris Club refunds to States, thanks to the sterner stuff of Prince Ned Nwoko who took the Federal government to Courts on behalf of the States and local governments and won, over the arbitrary deductions.”
Nwoko claimed to have irrefutable proof that Wike had amassed enormous sums of money and frivolously spent them on vanity projects and extravagant international vacations.
“Like discerning members of the public, we are aware of Wike’s primitive hoarding of illicit loot for elections, a dubious game plan that a man of opaque character can only contrive.
“Wike spoke of corruption among some governors. Kettle cannot call Pot black. A man with both hands stained with filthy lucre lacks moral justification to utter one word on embezzlement. To go sanctimonious is unpardonable criminality. Wike, no matter the pretence, has exposed himself towards jail.
“We need to remind Wike for the umpteenth time, in case he has forgotten, that 25 innocent children in life support machines died in a Rivers State-owned hospital at the same hour because the hospital could not afford electricity. He could not provide electricity, having diverted all funds to meaningless ventures for self-aggrandisement.
“At the appropriate time when his dictatorial reign on the high horse is over, he would surely answer charges of criminal negligence at the International Court of Justice for the sad deaths of those children.
“It is laughable that a man of monumental corrupt tendencies and wanton profligacy could so unabashedly talk when his activities connote unimaginable scam and fraudulence.
“Who was Wike when Ned Nwoko returned to Nigeria in 1999 to win the Aniocha/Oshimili Federal constituency seat and mount the green chambers of the National Assembly as a distinguished member, House of Representatives?
“That he was spoon-fed to become governor through godfather syndrome in 2015, desperately grabbing public funds to his chest, should not be a licence to brag and bully. Let Wike disclose the source of wealth he now flaunts with arrogant vainglorious relish. Can he survive outside dirty politics?” Asked Nwoko.
Nwoko claimed that Wike was intentionally spreading false information to incite the public against certain governors by bringing up the issue of the 13% derivation payments made to the South-South States.
“Wike postures deceptively in panic to cover his tracks on the well-known serious open secret of his involvement in national economic sabotage through oil bunkering.
“If the governor’s mischievous vituperations on the Paris Club refunds are off-key and unserious, his pedestrian shout on Ned Nwoko’s matrimony amounts to nothing. His false, childish tantrums that the man has imaginary ’20 wives’ sounded like beer parlour gossip, unbelievable from the lips of a governor. How nauseating and condescending. But that is Wike, ever steered by gutter language and uncouth tempers.
“Let Wike delude himself in a bogus gubernatorial robe. By six months’ time, he would descend into a commoner, stripped of all immunity, bare from boastful manners and haughty airs. Prince Ned Nwoko, a civil fellow who has never been on the street with Wike, would then compel him to answer questions about his litany of lies and corrupt misdeeds. He is poised, resolutely waiting to bring the Rivers State governor to justice very soon.
“Since Wike lost the PDP presidential ticket and failed nomination for the Vice presidential slot because of his brash and unreliable temperament, he has been weeping, nagging on television and every forum. Rather than lick his self-inflicted wounds remorsefully, he chose an inglorious path of blame game and transferred aggression. How pitiable for a fake emperor tumbling like the old nursery rhyme clown Humpty Dumpty.
“We hereby wish to emphasise for the avoidance of doubt that no external influence, whether overtly or covertly, moved Prince Ned Nwoko to challenge Wike’s excesses as the Star Prince of Anioma is a man of his own clout, unaffected and independent by nature.
“He is driven by the conviction, as a pioneer and strong stakeholder in PDP, that an unhinged Wike, a latter-day political noise maker and opportunist, has become a power-drunk bull in a China shop which must be decisively handled before he plots more divisive embarrassment.”
Nwoko also said that he has everything he needs to defeat Wike.