The frosty relationship between the immediate past Governor of Rivers State , Mr . Rotimi Amaechi , and his successor , Chief Nyesom Wike, took a fresh turn on Friday when the former announced his rejection of an award reserved for him as one of the contributors to the development of the state .
Amaechi is among prominent Rivers sons and daughters to be bestowed with awards on Saturday (today ) as part of the celebrations to mark the state ’s Golden Jubilee .
But the ex – governor , who is currently the Minister of Transportation , said through a statement from his media office that the award from the state governor would not be accepted .
According to the statement , “ The minister (Amaechi ) was shown a publication of the Rivers State Government indicating his name as one of many others to be given awards by Nyesom Wike . But as of today , Amaechi has not received any communication from Nyesom Wike and / or Rivers State Government in this respect.
“ Be that as it may , we want to state categorically that whatever Wike claims to be giving to Amaechi is a poisoned chalice that has been unequivocally rejected by the minister .
“ First , the purported award itself is a contradiction of monumental proportions , a contradiction that can only come from a warped and perverted mind . From day one as governor , Wike has made it his sole , one – point agenda to attack, abuse , insult and falsely denigrate Amaechi , his immediate predecessor and erstwhile benefactor .
“ Since he became governor , Wike spends most of his time making reckless , deeply irresponsible malicious , false allegations against Amaechi , as he attempts , albeit fruitlessly, to malign and destroy the outstandingly superb performance and legacy of Amaechi in Rivers State .
“ So, what is the basis or criterion for Wike to give an award / honour to a man he (Wike) has rashly attacked and called all sorts of unprintable names in the past two years ?”