The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has launched a scathing critique against Governor Siminalayi Fubara, demanding accountability for the N144.2 billion federal allocation received by the state over the past five months. However, the governor’s camp dismisses the claims as political posturing.
During a visit to the state House of Assembly, Chief Tony Okocha, Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee, raised concerns over the apparent lack of development projects despite the substantial funds allocated to the state. Okocha lamented the absence of tangible progress, pointing to lavish political events instead of substantive infrastructure initiatives.
In a pointed message to the Assembly Speaker, Martin Amaewhule, Okocha urged vigilant oversight over the governor’s financial management, warning against complicity in any potential wrongdoing.
Responding to the accusations, Speaker Amaewhule affirmed the legislature’s commitment to enact laws for the people’s benefit and promised to rectify any legislation deemed detrimental.
In defense of Governor Fubara, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, refuted the allegations of financial mismanagement, emphasizing the administration’s transparency and prudence. Johnson highlighted significant investments in infrastructure projects such as the Ring Road legacy project and housing initiatives, underscoring the government’s commitment to progress.
Johnson criticized Okocha’s assertions, urging a comprehensive understanding of governmental processes and expenditures. He cited the promotion of civil servants and investments in education as evidence of the administration’s proactive approach to governance.
The clash underscores the growing tension between political factions in Rivers State, with opposing narratives emerging regarding the allocation and utilization of state resources. As accusations fly and defenses are mounted, the battle for accountability continues amid heightened scrutiny from both within and outside the political arena.