Dakuku Peterside, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has claimed that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike spent N30 billion in state funds on delegates during the PDP presidential primary.
Wike gave “about N10 billion of public funds in unsolicited charity to states, and about N20 billion pursuing his ill-fated presidential bid,” according to Peterside.
Rivers State Governor lavished billions of state funds on delegates, while Rivers pensioners “went to bed hungry, with some not waking up due to frustration,” according to the former federal lawmaker.
He said this in a message to Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President, following his victory in the PDP presidential primary on Saturday.
Governor Wike was slammed by the former NIMASA DG, who described him as a “local champion” who was rejected by the party’s delegates.
Wike, on the other hand, dismissed the allegations as “spurious and baseless” in a statement released through his spokesperson, Kelvin Ebiri.
“Mr Peterside is speaking from a place of resentment. Governor Wike was defeated by him in 2015, and he has yet to recover. His governorship ambitions have been thwarted twice by his principal,” he said, presumably referring to APC presidential candidate Rotimi Amaechi.
When Amaechi was governor of Rivers State, Peterside and Governor Wike served as commissioner for works and chief of staff, respectively.