By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – Deji Adeyanju, the Convener of Concerned Nigerians group, has denied receiving the sum of N50m from the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in order to spread deliberate falsehood against the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.
An online platform had accused Adeyanju of agreeing to ‘fight’ Wike on Amaechiâ€™s behalf because the governor refused to endorse him for the post of PDP National Publicity Secretary during the last National Convention of the opposition Party.
It was further alleged thatÂ Adeyanjuâ€™s meeting with Rotimi Amaechi, and the Rivers State APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Finebone he was mandated to supply false information.
The report added that â€œfollowing the release of the funds, Adeyanju has already started his work. His main assignment in the last two days has been the spreading of lies on killing at Omoku and Egbeda.â€�
However, Adeyanju, in a statement by Theophilus Abu Agada, his personal assistant, on Sunday said: â€œOur attention has been drawn to an article of lies being bandied around by one Simeon Nwakaudu, a Special Assistant to the Governor of Rivers State on Electronic Media and also the owner and publisher of ScanNews claiming that Mr Deji Adeyanju was commissioned with N50 million by ex-Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to spread deliberate falsehood about Rivers State.
â€œOur attention has also been drawn to another story published on ScanNews, this time a resounding of the N50 million Naira commission allegation on Mr Deji Adeyanju by Mr Oraye St Franklin, an aide to the Rivers State Governor on New Media.
â€œWe wish to challenge Mr Simeon Nwakaudu and Oraye St Franklin to bring up evidence on any such meeting with Chibuike Amaechi and any N50 million Naira being given.
â€œIn the last few days, Mr Adeyanju has been highly critical of the Rivers State Governor on his social media pages over the high spate of insecurity in Rivers state and he has come under expected criticism by the aides of the Governor.
â€œHe will not budge on his position that the Rivers State Governor is complicit in the security crisis in Rivers State and the onus is on the Rivers State Governor to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that he is not complicit in the rise of crime in Rivers State.
â€œNigerians will not be surprised by the false allegations of the aides of the Rivers State Governor whose job is just to defend their pay as Mr Adeyanju has been highly critical of both the APC and the PDP. You would recall that during the Resume or Resign protests (#ResumeorResign), he was also alleged to have been sponsored by the PDP and the likes of Governor Wike.
â€œMr Adeyanju remains undeterred and will continue to speak truth to power no matter whose ox is gored.â€�
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