If the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, truly wants balance of power in Rivers State, he must first resign as minister to allow a riverine personality to occupy it. Amaechi, former governor, has insisted on a riverine governor in 2019. This puts pressure in Governor Wike who is an upland person from Ikwerre.
Now, a Wike top aide seems to have cracked the argument, though many opposition figures in the state argue that the push by Amaechi for a riverine governor after 16 years by the upland began long ago.
Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Engr Chukwuemeka Woke, told the Riverine people of the state not to believe the claims of Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on gubernatorial rotation, until he resigns his appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic.
He also declared that the Senator Representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Chief Andrew Uchendu must first vacate his seat, if his campaign on gubernatorial rotation should be taken seriously.
Speaking during a ceremony to welcome APC decampees to the PDP and an empowerment initiative by Governor Wike in Emohua Local Government Area on Sunday, the Chief of Staff noted that the Minister of Transportation and Senator Representing Rivers East displaced the riverine politically to snatch their positions, even though Governor Wike was already on seat as governor.
He said: “Let him that goes to equity come with clean hands. If APC says power must rotate in Rivers, they should remember that at the time Wike was inaugurated as Minister on May 29, 2015, Rivers State had no minister.
“The man who says he loves Rivers State so much and that Ikwerre must not take everything, put himself forward and became Minister. At that time, he didn’t know it was Ikwerre-Ikwerre. Rivers East Senatorial District unanimously voted Senator George Sekibo from Ogo-Bolo. Ikwerre was already governor and naturally a Wakrike man was voted. The same person, Andrew Uchendu fought him and removed him through unwholesome route.
“For the sake of equity and based on their campaign, let Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi resign as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and let Andrew Uchendu resign as Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, then we will know that they are serious. Otherwise, they are deceiving their few followers”.
He declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not valuable to Rivers people, hence they will vote the PDP again in 2019.
Engr Woke said aside the circulation of lies, the APC Federal Government has not executed any projects in the state.
He said the way Emohua people overwhelmingly voted for PDP during the Presidential, Gubernatorial and Legislative elections in 2015 is the way that they will vote again in 2019.
“This is a period of stock-taking. It is not a time to make vain statements. All across Rivers State, the APC Federal Government has no projects. Here in Emohua Local Government Area, there is nothing that can be credited to the APC.
“However, in Emohua Local Government Area, Governor Wike has empowered the people and executed projects across different communities “, he said.
Speaking, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, assured the APC decampees to the PDP that they would be accorded equal treatment by the party.
He commended the Emohua PDP for their mass mobilisation which would lead to a PDP victory in 2019.
Member representing Emohua state constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly, Sam Ogeh, said the massive turnout at the event has reinforced the loyalty of Emohua people to PDP.
Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on Politics, Chief Emeh Glory, said that the people of the area were determined to deliver Governor Wike in 2019.