The All Progressive Congress in Rivers state says it is preposterous on the part of Governor Nyesom Wike to feign ignorance about the said aircraft which he said was handed over to the administration he served as Chief of Staff from 2007 to 2011.
A statement by Senibo Chris Fineborn, spokesperson elects made available to our correspondent said for sure, the governor hasn’t said all he knows about the aircraft.
“We are talking about an aircraft here. It’s not enough to claim to have discovered the present location of the aircraft somewhere in Germany by some spooky intelligence, according to him. He should disclose how he made the discovery and when. He should say it all for the world to know. Half truths and cherry picking won’t help.
“The governor seems to have forgotten when he first made public mention about the aircraft being in Germany. Maybe, he needs the aircraft now for the campaign shuttle of his party members since he’s the godfather of his party, PDP.”
Recall that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had said the Rivers State government has through intelligence discovered one of the state owned Legacy 600 aircraft, that was flown to and abandoned in Germany since 2012 by the Governor Chibuike Amaechi led administration.
The governor, said it was unconscionable for the immediate past administration to have surreptitiously taken a state owned asset to Germany and abandon same there, without any documentation.
Governor Wike, who led a delegation of Rivers leaders to General Atomics Aerotec in Munich, Germany, where the aircraft had been abandoned for ten years, said efforts to repair and retrieve the aircraft has cost the state government over Three Million Euros.
Speaking during a meeting with the General Manager, Business Development, General Atomics Aerotec, Markus Froetschi, Governor Wike explained that his administration in a bid to recover state assets, had through intelligence discovered that the Legacy 600 jet purchased by the Dr Peter Odili’s administration was in Germany.
“When we came into office in 2015, we never had an idea that our plane was in your facility. It was a matter of asking questions before we got the information that Legacy 600 belonging to our state is in RUAG, before General Atomics. We tried to make contact with you and which you obliged. So, we want to sincerely thank you for not hiding anything from us, because it is the property of the state government.”