Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as alleged in many quarters, may have succeeded in ending the political career of the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, by calling on the Minister, to face the judicial scandal battering his image, and refrain from passing the buck to innocent persons.
Okowa, who on Saturday evening, exonerated himself from Amaechi’s ordeal, wondered why the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was desperate to rope him into the matter.
He expressed dismay that APC was unperturbed by its dwindling fortune, but engaged in unprofitable character assassination.
Recall, that the APC Chairman in Rivers State, Davies Ikanya, had alleged that Governor Okowa, his counterpart in Rivers, Nyesom Wike, and others, collaborated to run down Amaechi, knowing that he currently enjoys the support of President Muhammadu Buhari, where he is playing a prominent role, as Minister of Transport.
Ikanya, said the duo of Okowa and Wike, were behind the allegation leveled by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta, and Justice Inyang Okoro, two Justices of the Supreme Court, who claimed that Amaechi attempted to bribe them, to pervert justice in favour of his party’s Governorship candidates in Rivers, and Akwa Ibom States respectively.
Okowa, described the Rivers APC’s allegation, as not only “false, but misleading, and a calculated attempt to smear his hard-earned reputation.”
The Minister of Transport, had been enmeshed in deep crisis in the last two weeks.
Okowa, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, in Asaba, wondered why Ikanya was not bothered about “the dwindling fortunes of his party in Rivers, rather than embarking on a wild goose chase”, describing him and the allegation, as not only spurious, but laughable.
“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have joined issues with a … party Chairman like Ikanya, but in order to set the records straight, it is pertinent to state that Governor Okowa, has no hand in the latest scandals swirling around the Transportation Minister.
“As Governor of Delta State, Okowa is too busy delivering on his SMART Agenda, to be enmeshed in such petty accusations of orchestrating any accusations against the Transport Minister.
“How is it possible for anyone to imagine that two respected Justices of the Supreme Court, were told to lie that Amaechi made attempts to influence their judgements in his party’s favour?
“Rather than encourage the former Governor to defend himself, the Rivers APC is busy looking for people to rope into its inglorious adventure. Davies Ikanya, should grow up. We therefore, call on the general public to disregard the said publication, as there is no iota of truth in it,” the statement said.