The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has accused Chief Nyesom Wike, the Caretaker Governor of the State, and the state chapter of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of desperation to pull down immediate past Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi but declared that what they are doing is an exercise in futility.
“Afraid of the rising political profile of Rotimi Amaechi, Wike and the battered PDP leadership in Rivers State are expending their energies on a doomed plot to drag Amaechi to their inglorious and irrelevant political level. Their sole aim is to rubbish and denigrate Amaechi and present him as unworthy of appointment into the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. They have applied and adopted every unholy and sinister strategy in their devilish plots against a man who did much to build up their political profiles but they will not succeed,”
Rivers APC said in the statement signed by the Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
According to the statement issued Sunday afternoon in Port Harcourt, “The latest insidious ploy is to engage other misguided PDP leaders like Prince Uche Secondus, the Acting National Chairman of PDP, to device and coordinate the devious plot to ridicule and portray Rt. Hon. Amaechi as a corrupt person and put him in bad light before the public so that he will not be appointed into the cabinet of President Buhari.
“In this regard, Emma Okah and Spokesman of Wike, Mr. Opunabo Inko-Tariah, have been recruited to reach out to certain persons within and outside Rivers State to initiate, fabricate, conjure, concote, formulate and contrive a damaging report bordering on alleged corrupt practices of Rt. Hon. Amaechi and circulate same to individuals and institutions within Nigeria and abroad with a view to denting the incorruptible character and rising profile of Rt. Hon. Amaechi in order to blackmail and put pressure on President Buhari not to appoint the former governor into his government.”
Rivers APC noted that the plot started manifesting almost immediately Chief Wike was wrongly sworn-in as Governor on May 29. “Wike hastily set up a probe panel with the sole agenda of declaring Amaechi a corrupt person, forgetting that he, Wike, is corruption personified judging by his corrupt practices during his days as Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government, his tenure as the Chief of Staff under Rt Hon Amaechi and during his hi-tech corruptive regime as Minister of Education,” the statement said.
Rivers APC expressed happiness that Nigerians and the international community cannot be deceived as they know that Amaechi is one of the most forthright, transparent and honest leaders in the country today; which explains why he had the courage and moral strength to confront ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan.
“We are happy to note that all these are efforts in futility as President Buhari cannot be deceived by Wike and his cohorts whose evil plots against Amaechi are informed by the fact that Amaechi saw to the victory of President Buhari during the March 28th Presidential polls. It will be sad if any sound Nigeria will buy the lies of these misguided fellows against a man who has won assorted awards for running one of the most corruption-free administrations in Nigeria,” Rivers APC said.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA on Media and Public Affairs to the
State Chairman, APC Rivers State