Prince Uche Secondus, the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike of spreading false rumours about him on allegedly unfulfilled contracts.
This comes after Wike said that Secondus had failed to deliver on the contracts that had been awarded to him by the administration of Rivers State.
In a speech at the Friday, December 30, 2022, commissioning ceremony for the Eneka-Igbo Etche Road project, the governor accused the former PDP National Chair of accepting full payment of the contract in some instances, despite the projects being unfinished.
Additionally, he dared Secondus to name a single road contract that Secondus was awarded and fulfilled.
In response to the governor’s accusations, the former party chairman called them “false” in an interview.
“I have never been a contractor. I did not collect or bid for any contract in Rivers State or from his government as alleged by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
“It is wrong of him to make such weighty allegations without evidence. I am not one of them. Let him do his investigation and go to the Corporate Affairs Commission to get the details of the companies he has given contracts to or those that the state gave contracts to.
“With his status, it is wrong for him to buy airtime from television stations and be dishing out outright lies and half-truths. Is he the owner of Julius Berger, which has done so well in the state by executing contracts running into hundreds of billions of naira?”
Secondus indicated that rather than taking sides with Wike, he would devote his time and energy to helping the PDP’s presidential nominee, Atiku Abubakar, win on February 25, 2023.
“As for me, I am not a violent man and I remain committed to the victory of our presidential candidate and his running mate, Atiku Abubakar and Ifeanyi Okowa in the forthcoming presidential election. I call on Governor Wike to join hands with progressive-minded people in Nigeria to be part of a positive history. I am sure he loves the PDP and won’t do anything to jeopardise its victory at any level. I wish the governor a happy and prosperous new year.”