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Amaechi sues PDP for defamation

Former River state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi
Former River state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

Former governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has filed a defamatory case against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, its chairman in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, and two others, before an Abuja High Court, over false allegations of foreign accounts possession and the state’s funds embezzlement against him.
The immediate past governor demands the sum of three hundred billion Naira (N300, 000, 000, 000) as compensation from the party for general damages done to him over defamation of his character, reputation and person.
It will be recalled that the PDP in Rivers State, in a statement dated August 6 and August 21, 2015, alleged that Amaechi stole $757 million or N80 billion of Rivers State public funds and stashed same away in an account in his name in Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, United States of America.
The Party also alleged that Amaechi had embezzled millions of dollars of Rivers State money and stashed same in other foreign accounts in his name, including a bank in Switzerland which they claimed to have wrote to President Muhammodu Buhari that Amaechi intends to purchase a residence in America with part of the funds.
Amaechi, however stated in the suit filed before an Abuja High court, FCT, that the malicious publications by the State PDP, the chairman others involved are untrue, motivated by ill-will and without any foundation in truth and further avers that the defendants made the said libelous publications after the PDP lost the presidential election and with a view to rubbishing him in the eyes of right thinking members of the public and the persons to whom the libelous publications have been made.
In his statement of claims in the suit, Amaechi averred that he did not steal $757 million or N80 billion of Rivers State public funds and did not stash same away in Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, United States of America, neither did he stash away any state public funds in Switzerland.
He as well noted that the Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, did not at any time reveal that he embezzled or misappropriated or connived in the embezzlement and misappropriation of money meant for Rivers State people in the sum of $757 million stashed away in his name with the bank.

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