The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State says the Rivers State Government and the State All Progressives Congress (APC) have set aside the sum of N2billion for the purpose of bribing the respected members of the 2015 Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal so that they can give judgment against the PDP.
In addition to this, the State Government has also approved the sum of N2.5Billion for the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RISIEC) to conduct the ill fated local government elections being planned by the APC government of Gov. Chibuike Amaechi.
This was disclosed today in a press statement issued by Emma Okah, Chairman, Media & Publicity Committee of the PDP Campaign Organisation, Rivers State.
According to the PDP, Governor Chibuike Amaechi directed his financial officers to effect this deal in a meeting he held with them a few nights ago in the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja. According to the plan, the entire N4.5BN will be paid to the account of Rivers State as a conduit to cover the money earmarked for the planned inducement of the Tribunal members.
This is perhaps the reason why Governor Amaechi and the APC in Rivers State have been boasting that the Governor-elect will be removed from office in five months of inauguration.
Okah further notes that it is wrong for the State Governor to set aside this kind of money to bribe Tribunal members and also organise local government elections at the end of his tenure when pensioners in the state have been crying over unpaid arrears. Salaries and allowances of civil servants have remained unpaid in the State and incomplete projects litter the state, the statement added.