Nyesom Wike’s ‘N25m Largesse’ Tears Ex-Militants Apart

Nyesom Wike’s ‘N25m Largesse’ Tears Ex-Militants Apart

By The Nation

The “N25 million largesse” from the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, to an ex-militant “General,” Solomon Ndigbara, aka Osama Bin Ladin, is causing ripples.

Ex-militants are at “war” with Ndigbara over the money, which Wike “donated” on May 8, when he visited Yeghe-Ogoni in Gokana Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the unfavourable sharing formula made many of the “boys” revolt, threatening to withdraw their support for Wike.

But the minister who spoke through his spokesman, Samuel Nwanosike, said no money was given to Ndigbara, when he visited Gokana stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Nwanosike, who is also the PDP State Publicity Secretary, said: “Wike visited Gokana stakeholders and Ndigbara was in attendance.

“He (Ndigbara) has been a member of the PDP since 1998 and has worked for governments at various levels.

“There was no private discussion between Wike and Ndigbara and no money was given to him by the minister. There is no crisis whatsoever. People are just spreading rumours.”

The All Progressives Congress (APC), through its spokesman, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to call the minister to order.

APC said: “Wike is a confused man and an enemy of Rivers State.

“We do not want to go back to the era of militancy, before Rotimi Amaechi became governor in 2007.

“ APC is known for peace and will ensure change in 2015.”

Ndigbara said: “Let me make it clear that the meeting I held with the minister on May 8 was a private visit from the minister to show his love and support on my recent victory in court, against those who persecuted me.

“I do not see how the private visit has frustrated any effort in moving Rivers State or Nigeria forward. I urge APC members to focus on issues and not my private life.”

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