Port Harcourt:- Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to resist any move or plan to scuttle clearance of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi by the Senate for ministerial appointment.
The party made the vow following an allegation that Governor Nyesom Wike and his loyalists in the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had perfected plans to protest against the nomination of the former governor as a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting however, Governor Wike said the allegation was not only spurious, but also malicious, adding that APC had apparently exhausted its basket of lies and propaganda.
The governor, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Sir Opunabo Inko-Taria, said he had no cause to orchestrate or plan any protest against the appointment of Amaechi as a minister.
A source within the party said the governor’s loyalists and PDP members in the state planned to carry out the protest at the National Assembly this week.
“We have reliable information that they have set aside N350 million to execute this invidious plot,” the source said.
He also alleged that some PDP stalwarts also met with a group of senators from the party to “pay back Amaechi in his own coin” for defecting from the party to APC.
However, Rivers APC may also be putting in place measures to resist the alleged protest as the source said the party was mobilising its supporters against PDP. The state APC chairman, Dr Davies Ikanya was said to have had admitted that he heard the rumours and that he had told his party members to be prepared.
“The APC in Rivers State has borne with equanimity all the numerous attacks by PDP and its leadership against our leader and former Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
“It is sad indeed as the former governor has done nothing to deserve such evil behaviour. We have decided as a party that we will no longer keep silent. We will match the PDP action for action and word for word”, the source quoted Ikanya to have said.
However, Governor Wike, in the statement issued by his media aide, Inko-Taria, said the allegation was, yet, another propaganda by APC and challenged its leadership to prove itself.
“The allegation is not only spurious, but fatuous and malicious. Governor Wike has no cause to orchestrate a protest against the appointment of Rotimi Amaechi. Let me restate for the umpteenth time that Governor Wike has no nexus with the appointment of Amaechi or otherwise. It is the right of an appointor to appoint anybody of his choice, provided such appointment is in sync with the relevant laws.”
“The appointment of Amaechi will definitely have no bearing on the governance of Rivers State. There are crucial issues the governor is more concerned which are issues of the state and not trifles like the appointment of Amaechi. It is apparent that APC in Rivers State has exhausted its basket of lies and barren propaganda but still wants to be heard or noticed despite its waned popularity in the state.
“Governor Wike’s concern now is how to clear the rubbish Amaechi left behind in his eight years of maladministration that had impoverished the state and the people.
“Therefore, if APC is dispensing such unfounded falsehood as a strategem, it has failed. Or, is APC distraught that Amaechi might not scale through the screening because of his sleazy antecedents?
“If that is the problem, it should think of how to sort out its problem and not spread falsehood to gain sympathy. Governor Wike is not interested in Amaechi’s matter because it is inconsequential”, Inko-Tariah said.
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