Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has threatened to expose persons who had surreptitiously stopped the release of loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Abia and Benue States.
He stated that the motive was to punish Governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Samuel Ortom for standing with him to demand for the resignation of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Iyorchia Ayu.
The Rivers State governor, who was the special guest of honour at an event to mark 58th birthday celebration of the Abia State Governor was accompanied by former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose,
He said, “I will tell you very soon, how money that was supposed to come to Abia State for my friend to use to develop Abia State was stopped recently by those who think they own this country, by those who think Ikpeazu did not support them.
“Because Ikpeazu supported me, they went and stopped Abia State from getting the money they are supposed to get to develop Ariara Market.
“Okezie Ikpeazu is just governor of Abia State. He is not the owner of Abia State. He is just a symbol of Abia State. Anybody who fights Abia State, you’re not fighting Okezie, you are fighting the people of Abia.”
Wike explained that the CBN loan is a facility that is made available to every State of the federation. According to him, Rivers State government had accessed and secured the loan already.
He added, “I will tell all of you, how Abia and Benue States were denied of their money that every State had gotten from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“I got it (CBN loan). And anybody who dare to stop my money, they know, I will not take it from them. You can see how people are wicked, they are not in office yet, but they are fighting people, stopping States money.
“Even as we have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari, he has never stopped our money any day, never.”