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Amaechi relocates to PH to lead APC campaign

With the worsening security situation across the 23 local government areas of Rivers State, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that his successor, Nyesom Wike, has failed as governor. Amaechi, a former governor of the state, also expressed displeasure on the killing, beheading and maiming of only the members and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state ahead of the March 19 legislative election rerun. The transportation minister, who spoke yesterday as a guest on a national television station, disclosed that he was
moving to Rivers State to lead APC’s campaigns.

But, in his reaction to the minister’s comments, Wike stated that Amaechi was coming to the state to create crisis, and to destroy lives and property, declaring that the people of the state would resist him with everything at their disposal. Amaechi said: “Nyesom Wike is not prepared to be governor. He was targeting the money. Let him now perform as governor. Wike has failed to protect lives and property of Rivers people. He is not fit to be governor.

“Wike and Patience Jonathan (former First Lady, an indigene of Okrika in Rivers) brought back militants to Rivers State. There was no justice from the Supreme Court on Rivers governorship election, because there was no election. Justice Mary Odili (of the Supreme Court/wife of ex-Rivers Governor Peter Odili) should face her job of giving justice to the people.”

Amaechi also stated that the only federal constituency (Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni) of 13 in Rivers state, where rerun would not hold on March 19, had Justice Odili’s son-in-law as the representative.
The election rerun ordered by the election petitions tribunals and the Courts of Appeal would also involve the three senatorial seats and 22 of the 32 seats of the state’s House of Assembly.
The former governor insisted that the killings and beheading in Rivers were politically motivated, and not a supremacy battle among cult groups, as claimed by the state governor.

He noted that he was 75 per cent popular as Rivers governor, but his successor wanted to bring him down, reiterating that Port Harcourt, the state capital, is now filthy, smelling and dirty.

Amaechi disclosed that Wike, as his Chief of Staff between 2007 and 2011, before he recommended him to the then President Goodluck Jonathan for ministerial appointment in 2011, wanted him to be sharing Rivers people’s money, but he said no.

He expressed shock that his successor had discontinued the laudable overseas scholarship and free education of his administration. Meanwhile, a text message was sent at 11:52 a.m. yesterday to the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Dr. Austin Tam-George, to react to the allegations leveled against his boss, but he did not reply.

He was also contacted through the telephone at 4:37 p.m. He answered the call and promised to respond “very soon,” but had not done so, as at press time (7:15 p.m.). But Wike’s ally, Samuel Nwanosike, who is also the Rivers Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said: “It is laughable that a man (Amaechi), who was in charge in Rivers State as governor, under his watch, APC lost all the seats in the Rivers State House of Assembly, the National Assembly and the governorship. All his resources could not deliver those elections.

“We welcome Amaechi to Rivers State, but the Nigerian public should know that if Amaechi is coming to Rivers State to come and create crisis, and to destroy lives and property in Rivers State, we will resist him with everything we have as Rivers people.”

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