* Amaechi camp fires back, lays charges against Wike
Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has been pointedly accused of being behind the travails of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen. The revelation has poked up hushed talks that the APC leaders in the Niger Delta may have traced the spate of court blows to the party to a top personality in the Supreme Court.
Gov Wike addressed his second guber rally in Eleme on Thursday (the first was in Tai a day earlier), and a Rivers State Government House statement issued by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, quoted the governor say Amaechi was behind what the statement termed evil machinations to destroy the CJN.
Addressing thousands of PDP supporters, Gov Wike said that the Minister of Transportation made the confession at a meeting with an APC chieftain in Abuja.
Wike said: “At that meeting in Abuja last Monday, Amaechi confessed that he is the person behind the illegal crisis facing the CJN. He bragged that he would destroy the CJN the way he brought former President Goodluck Jonathan down. He wants to destroy the nation’s judiciary.”
Wike was quoted to have said that Amaechi was known for actions detrimental to the nation’s Judiciary, having closed down Rivers State Judiciary for two years (ctually almost one full year). He wondered why Amaechi had such stance against the Judiciary, despite being a beneficiary of the vibrancy of the Judiciary.
Reacting to Wike’s charge, a chieftain of the APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said: “We all are aware that Gov Wike never thinks good of Amaechi no matter the issue. He is only trying to blackmail Amaechi before the South-South but he forgot that Amaechi was not the writer of the petition that exposed the CJN. Amaechi neither is a member of CCT or EFCC, so Wike should try and leave Amaechi alone for once. I have expressed my opinion on this issue and widely published. CJN know what to do and I expect him to the needful.”
Gov Wike also took further swipes at Amaechi, wondering why the Minister would say that the PDP is a party of thieves saying Amaechi was Speaker for eight years under the PDP and eight years as Governor under the PDP. “If there is any thief, Amaechi is the proper thief. This thief sold our valued assets to his business partner”.
Gov Wike stated that Nigeria has been liberated following the retirement of former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. He said the former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was Satan’s representative in Nigeria.
The governor called for an independent investigation into the murder of the Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner and his family through arson during the 2015 General elections. He noted that Ibrahim Idris was the commissioner of police in Kano State when this ugly crime was committed. Nigeria does not conduct independent investigations because the police which is under the executive arm of government conducts all public investigations.
Wike however said; “The former IGP Ibrahim Idris is a representative of Satan in Nigeria. He represented Satan but the prayers and fasting of Nigerians ensured he was retired despite plans to retain him. If Buhari has any integrity, he should investigate the killing of the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Kano alongside his family during the 2015 General elections. Buhari must ask what killed the REC and his family while Ibrahim Idris was a commissioner of police”.
He called on the people of Eleme Local Government Area to vote for Atiku Abubakar so that he can revive Onne Port for the good of the economy of Rivers State.
“Buhari is not aware of anything. No wonder he is not aware that he hates Rivers people and is yet to execute any project in the state. How can you support a President who does not respect the rule of law? If he fails to respect the law in his first term, the second term would be a disaster.
“The only way that Eleme people will get Onne Port to start working again is to vote for Atiku Abubakar. He is a man with the knowledge to create employment opportunities and develop the economy”, he said.
He declared that Buhari and the APC will lose in all the six states of the South-South, saying no deployment of security forces will help the failed APC Federal Government.
Governor Wike noted that during his second term, he would construct the Eleme Internal Roads in addition to other basic infrastructure.
The governor added that in line with his commitment to the expansion of leadership opportunities, youths and women would take 65 percent of the appointments.
Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, said that he is impressed by the large turnout of Eleme people and their maximum support for Governor Wike and other PDP candidates.
Rivers State Presidential Campaign Coordinator, Senator Olaka Nwogu, said that Eleme would vote all PDP candidates during the 2019 general elections.
Director-General of Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, the Ambassador, Desmond Akawor, said across the 92 polling units of Eleme the people have resolved to support Governor Wike in 2019.
Philip Okparaji, chairman of Eleme Local Government Area, said that the people would correct the error of 2015, when PDP lost in Eleme. Former Eleme Local Government Area chairman, Ejor N. Ejor, said that Eleme stakeholders have collectively pledged to deliver all PDP candidates.
The rally witnessed the defection of hundreds of APC members to the PDP.The Eleme Council of Chiefs conferred on Governor Wike a chieftaincy title in appreciation of his developmental strides in the area.