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Gov.Wike/Tonye Cole In War Of Words Over 50 Million Dollars Loot

by Anita Ogona

War of words have continued after the Governor of Rivers State Spoke On Sunday alleging that Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State in the 2023 general elections, Tonye Cole  stole 50 million dollars worth of State assets.

In Response Tonye Cole said he has no case to answer in respect of the alleged $50million state assets sales allegations against him by Governor Nyesom Wike.

Tonye Cole while answering questions from newsmen in Port Harcourt. refuted the allegations in what he called figments of the imagination of the governor.

Recall that Wike had during a thanksgiving service in Port Harcourt last Sunday said Cole must explain how his firm (Sahara Energy) allegedly received the said sum of monies from the Rivers State Government during the administration of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.

Wike said, “He (Cole) must account for the $50million they took from our account. Whoever knows him should tell him. $50 million was taken from Rivers State Government Access Bank Account and taken to Sahara Energy account. I asked them, what is the job you people did for Rivers State? Can I see the contract papers?

But Cole said there was nothing much to say because the contracts and all the documents were in the public domain. This is an issue that is in the public domain. In other words you all have the freedom of information Act. The contracts and all the documents are available for everybody to go and take a look at.

“Do take a look at it, research it yourself and exactly what happened there. It is not hidden,” the APC chieftain stated.

Cole boasted that eight years down the line, he has nor been indicted or invited to any court to answer any case relating to the allegations levelled against him by Governor Wike.

“So, the documents are there for all to see. I am sure that when you it (contract documents), you will also explain why eight years later there has been no court case, no indictment and we are still moving around freely,” he stated.

On his emergence as the party’s sole aspirant, he said it was neither an imposition nor created any controversy.

“I don’t believe there has been a controversy. I came out in 2019 and one of the challenges of my emergence in 2019 was a statement by Senator Magnus Abe that this was an imposition. That word continued to rally round all the way till we got into here. I think this time around the leadership of the party did something very unique.

“They decided amongst themselves that one, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi would not be involved. Two, that other within the party who understands what the party needs to win an election this time around will make that decision.

“Three, all the aspirants who were involved in the process have been consulting extensively, myself inclusive, with all the leaders about what we will bring into this race to win the election.

“And as riverine governorship aspirants, we all came to an agreement that should any of us emerge as the consensus aspirant for this race, we will all support. And consensus does not mean a hundred percent. It never means that,” Cole explained.

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