Akpabio Reacts To Wike N200 Million Comment

by Amos Kalu

The Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has revealed the source of the N200 million he gave to the former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to support his election campaign in 2015.

Wike, had, while speaking at a thanksgiving ceremony in a church at Port Harcourt on Sunday revealed that Akpabio, who was then the Governor of Akwa Ibom State donated a sum of N200 million to support his governorship ambition in 2015.

Wike, however, said this was why he supported the ambition of Akpabio to emerge the President of the Senate of the 10th National Assembly.

Wike said, “When I was running in 2014 and 2015, he came out and supported me. He gave me N200 million for that election.

“That is why I said one good turn deserves another. I supported him this time and I thank God he won,” Wike said at the Thanksgiving service.

Reacting to Wike’s Cliams, Akpabio has come to clarify that the N200 million he gave to Wike in 2015 was not from the purse of Akwa Ibom State where he was the governor then.

The Senate President claimed that the N200 million he gave to Wike in 2015 was from his savings from the telecom sector, where he was a Managing Director before he became the Governor.

He said, “You said in the church that the then Governor Akpabio assisted you with some money when you were running for office.

“That money came from my savings in the telecom industry where I was a managing director. It was not from the government of Akwa Ibom State.”

Speaking on the Rivers State Governor, Akpabio said: “Governor Nyesom Wike represents different things to different people. To us in the 10th Senate, he represents a pillar, a shoulder we can lean on.

“We are very proud of you and we are delighted to have you as an honorary member of the 10th Senate.

He acknowledged the Wike-led G-5 for their efforts in promoting justice, fairness, and equity during the last elections.

He added: “I want to thank you for all your efforts to bring justice to Nigeria. I want to thank the G-5 Governors. We are delighted to have you.

“Ensure that in 2027, another G-5 emerges so that the APC will continue to do well. It shows that you are a nationalist. You are a freedom fighter.”

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