Wike, Fubara Spent N900 Million on Governor’s Residence Renovation in Three Months, Document Reveals

A document obtained by SaharaReporters has exposed how the former governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and his successor, Siminalayi Fubara, allegedly squandered over N900 million Naira on the renovation of the governor’s residence in three months.

The document, which is the Rivers State budget performance report for the second quarter of 2023, shows how the duo also wasted N2.7 billion on the purchase of computer printers and N32 billion on an item vaguely described as “special projects.”

Newsflash Nigeria reports that Wike, who is now the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), handed over power to Fubara, his protégé, on May 29.

However, records in the document indicate that the office of the governor spent N900 million on the “Rehabilitation of Governor’s Residence” between April and June 2023. The document also reveals that the office of the governor disbursed N27.4 billion as security vote in the same period.

The document, which can be seen below, also lists the purchase of computer printers in three months as costing N2.75 billion. The item of “special projects” is allocated N32 billion without any further explanation.

Wike documents

Wike documents

Wike, who spoke at a media parley in Abuja on Friday, admitted that he does not like ingrates and accused Fubara of trying to create a political crisis for himself. He said he left many projects for Fubara to commission and showcase during his hundred days in office, but Fubara turned against him.

Wike said, “God gave this (power) on a platter of gold, no crisis. The federal government is not fighting you, nobody at home is fighting you. You are the one trying to create a crisis for yourself.”

Newsflash Nigeria recalls that the political relationship between Wike and Fubara deteriorated weeks ago, leading to a crisis in the state. The State House of Assembly even initiated impeachment proceedings against Fubara, accusing him of misconduct. During this time, a part of the assembly complex was set on fire, allegedly to hinder the impeachment process.

The governor visited the complex to assess the damage but was met with resistance from the police, who shot at his convoy and used tear gas. President Bola Tinubu intervened to resolve the crisis by meeting with both Wike and Fubara.

The governor later apologized to the people of the state for the political turmoil. However, the conflict between Wike and Fubara continued, with Wike calling Fubara an ingrate on Friday.

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