Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has refuted reports saying he offered General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Maj Gen Jamil Sarham bribe to tamper with the results of the last governorship election.
The Army alleged he did just that after Wike accused the GOC of oil theft.
But taking recently, Wike said the accusations were false.
His words, “They say they will remove me through the tribunal, but we defeated them during the elections. If it is to conduct elections, they will never win. Someone who says he never met me before and has never been to Government House would now say I am fighting him because I tried to bribe him with billions of naira.
“The GOC has been fully involved in oil bunkering. He should explain his involvement instead of the false allegation. The House of Representatives Committee on Army was here, he could not say he was bribed. He is saying this because he is involved in oil bunkering.
“They know it is correct. It was an election that we defeated you and your party; why would I have to pay a bribe? We defeated you in that election. The man you have not met; how could he have offered to bribe you?”
“Wike’s allegation against Sarham’s selfish involvement in illegal oil bunkering is another reckless, spurious and mischievous accusation.”
“Wike’s resentment against the GOC is based on the latter’s choice of professionalism and integrity over the billions of naira offered to him by the governor to compromise the 2019 general elections.
“His (GOC) refusal to be bought over and the rejection of such a hefty offer is the genesis of Wike’s hatred and vociferous criticisms against Sarham.”