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20 Jun 2017

Tension in Rivers as Amaechi allies declare war on Gov Wike

The Inter-Ethnic Network for Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (INCRA) has condemned Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike’s “unwarranted vituperations” against Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi.
The pan-Rivers group, yesterday, in a statement in Port Harcourt by a member of its Interim Management Team, Mrs. Ozumonum Gudu, expressed surprise on Wike’s lack of respect for Amaechi, his former boss as Rivers governor and benefactor, who made him Chief of Staff in 2007 and recommended him in 2011 to the then President Goodluck Jonathan for ministerial appointment.
Rivers governor, through the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, on Sunday in Port Harcourt, alleged that Amaechi was indicted for stealing billions of public funds by a court-approved judicial panel of inquiry, set up by his administration.
Wike accused Amaechi of relocating to Port Harcourt to impose a governor on Rivers State, through subterfuge and electoral gerrymandering in 2019, describing the actions as a classic case of a rapist returning to his victim to ask for love.
Wike admonished Rivers people and other Nigerians to ignore the lies of Amaechi and his factionalised APC.
INCRA said: “Rivers people have once again been treated to the usual meal that the government of Rivers State under Wike knows how best to prepare, the meal of diversionary tactics, lies, lame excuses, character assassination and the like. 
“In less than 24 hours after Rivers people, from all walks of life, gathered to celebrate Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, on the occasion of his 52nd birthday, a man whose tenure as governor witnessed tremendous transformation in the state, the Rivers government rushed to put up another concocted story about the man generally considered a living legend.
“What is clear is that the Wike-led government is feeling unease and increasingly worried over the massive followership the minister still commands, even after two years he left as governor. The frustration on the part of the Rivers government became more evident when Rivers people increasingly ignored the endless mischief Wike’s government churned out daily against the transportation minister.
“It is important to remind Rivers people and other Nigerians that there is nothing new in the recent accusations levelled against Rt. Hon. Amaechi by Wike’s administration. It is rather a continuation of the now boring and broken sounds, intended to malign the person of the former governor.
“Wike’s government should focus on providing security, education, health and other infrastructure to justify the billions it receives from the federation account, Paris Club refund, Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) and other sources of income. We also challenge the Rivers government to focus on making its budget open to Rivers people and Nigerians, instead of going hysterical whenever the name of Rt. Hon. Amaechi is mentioned.”

The group also declared that no amount of mudslinging could dissuade Rivers people from associating with the transportation minister.
INCRA stated that the more Rivers governor and his drowning supporters tried to malign Amaechi, the more Rivers people and others would be endeared to him, asking Wike and his allies to shut up and work.  (THE NATION)
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