LAGOS: THE Rivers State government has denied accusations it planned to use the loan secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to fund Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s 2015 election campaign.
In a statement, State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Ibim Semenitari, said the money was for development projects in the state. He said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) reports the funds would be for Amaechi’s use were “mischievous” and “misleading.”
“The Felix Obuah faction of the Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) issued a misleading and mischievous statement accusing the Rivers State Government of taking a new loan of US$280 million. The release, which was a tissue of lies, claims that the Rivers State Government
tabled a fresh request for loan before the Rivers State House of Assembly. The PDP also claims that the loans were to enable the Governor source money for 2015 elections and to sponsor the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Semenitari stated.
Denying all allegations made by the PDP on the loan, the commissioner said the Amaechi administration took its insistence on transparent and accountable governance.
“It would therefore continue to put out the facts of the matter as it concerns the finances and economy of Rivers state for its employers (the Rivers people) to see.”
Semenitari thanked the Rivers people for the confidence they have reposed on the present government and for always seeking clarification when such issues arose.
“We are thankful for these engagements and wish to assure you that the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi-led administration will never take your loyalty for granted nor breach this sacred trust, which you have reposed in us. The finances of our state are in the most credible hands, and we will ensure that they are used only to secure the lives of our present and future generations in our Rivers of Possibilities,” she said.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY