Former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has sued the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its State Chairman Chief Felix Obuah and two others – Jerry Needam and Chris Konkwo – for false allegations at an Abuja High Court.
Amaechi, the former Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), is also demanding N300 billion as general damages done to him and the defamation of his character, reputation and person.
Needam, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Rivers PDP Chairman, is also the publisher of a local newspaper, National Network; Konkwo is the Editor of the newspaper, said to be a propaganda medium for the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike.
The defendants (PDP, Obuah, Needam and Konkwo) alleged that Amaechi owned foreign bank accounts and embezzled funds belonging to the state government.
The Rivers PDP, in a statement on August 6 and August 21, alleged that Amaechi stole $757 million (N80 billion) of Rivers State funds stashed in an account in his name at Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, United States of America (U.S).
Rivers PDP also alleged that the former Rivers governor embezzled millions of dollars belonging to Rivers State and stashed it away in other foreign accounts, including a bank in Switzerland.
The party alleged that Amaechi’s various foreign bank accounts were revealed and blown open by Christiane Amanpour of America’s Cable News Network (CNN).
The Rivers PDP also claimed that Bancorp Bank, Minnesota, had written to President Muhammadu Buhari that part of the funds was to purchase a home for Amaechi in the U.S, adding that the bank (Bancorp) intended to return the stolen fund to Nigeria.