Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, of trying to instigate war between the Igbo people living in Rivers and the indigenous population in his bid to sell the governorship candidate of his party, Tonye Cole, ahead of the March 18 election.
Wike who spoke on Friday during the inauguration of Akpabu-Egbeda-Omoku Link Road in Egbeda community of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State said, Cole and Amaechi are insensitive to the danger and the animosity they want to trigger with the resurrection of the issue of abandoned property.
He said, the promise by Amaechi to Igbo people residing in the State that if they vote for Tonye Cole, he will ensure that they are compensated for the abandoned property during the civil war was nothing but a big lie.
Wike likened Chibuike Amaechi to a child wants to destroy a home, by trying to open up old wounds at this time in Nigeria. He also sees him as someone who is trying to put Rivers people and the Igbos at loggerheads.
He said Igbo and Rivers people will continue to live together as people who have largely intermarried among themselves.
The governor was quoted as saying: “We have been living peacefully with our brothers and sisters; Ndi Igbo, living peacefully, doing business peacefully. I felt that I should let you know that a vote for Tonye Cole is a vote for division of Rivers State.
“A vote for Tonye Cole is a vote in order not for him to return our 50 million US dollar, and God will not allow us to vote for such people. We are prosecuting them. They want to run away from prosecution, they can not.”
Wike added that Amaechi wants to foist Tonye Cole, a man who cannot speak the indigenous language he claims, as governor of the State.
The governor further claimed that when Amaechi contested for Presidential ticket of his party, he claimed a different tribe and when he failed, instead of supporting Peter Obi or another southern candidate, he voted for a northern candidate.