Immediate past governor of Rivers State, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that he is fighting to stop the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike to probe into some government transactions during his tenure, because he believes that the commission was not set up within the ambits of the country’s constitution.
The former governor reiterated and emphasized that he is not afraid of a fair and decent probe or investigation or inquiry of his administration; and would cooperate and support such probe or investigation or inquiry in as much as it is done within the ambits of the laws.
Amaechi, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by his media office, said, “However what Wike has set out to do is anything but a fair probe. The commission will not be fair to Amaechi because it was set up to indict him. Wike had repeatedly held that Amaechi, the person to be investigated, acted illegally in the disbursement of public funds and that Amaechi ran a corrupt government.
“Clearly, Wike has prejudged the matter, and showed his bias that Amaechi is guilty even before investigations. This means Wike, with his prejudiced, made up mind, has taken a position of a guilty verdict even before the outcome is known or established.
“The same Wike who had adjudged the yet-to-be-investigated conduct of Amaechi as illegal and Amaechi as corrupt, is the same person that has gone ahead to set up a commission of inquiry and will have the final say on the findings of the commission. What a sham this bias and predetermined agenda to indict Amaechi is obvious even in the terms of reference of the commission.
In one of the defective terms of reference, Wike said the Commission should investigate the circumstances that led to the ‘sale of the state Hotel Olympia’.