Mr. Amaechi’s house is a barrck populated by one General and a crowd of ‘bloody civilians’. Without Amaechi, his lieutenants are no better than clueless school kids.
As soon as Amaechi took office as Governor of Rivers State through strange circumstances, he put in place a mechanism to see to his own fall. Apparently afraid of competition and betrayal, he set out on a One Point political agenda: BUILD A POLITICAL FORTRESS!
As politically correct and relevant this dream house was for the new kid on the block, he shockingly managed to shock me with his very many costly design and construction errors.
The then Governor burnt all bridges with political heavy weights, real and perceived enemies and admitted baskets of feather weights as their replacements.
He blocked his ears with his two fingers and barricaded the gates of his political mansion with empty heads. His interactions were with pretenders, while he populated his dinning table with jobbers and propagandists.
The Governor ran a one man government. He conceived his policies and projects in his bedroom and smiled at himself in the mirror. Amaechi was the alpha and omega and everything was to soothe his unstable emotions.
With a court filled with clowns and jesters, Amaechi effectively became the lone star in a cloudy night. I shouted and shouted, but they clapped on his ineffective buffoonery.
The jesters continued until they almost drowned the voices of all those who truly loved Amaechi and wished him well.
As the Commanding General and only soldier in his battalion, Amaechi fought his personal battles and fought for those who are supposed to fight for him. A task too draining for one man.
Those Amaechi made his key men are not only far away from the grassroots, but also continue to drift farther away at the break of each new day. What else can one say of politicians who were stingy to the point of not spending funds gifted to them for their own elections and associated legal battles? What else can one say of politicians who abandoned themselves and their own personal campaigns?
Shutting out the people with sight, Amaechi transformed himself from a groovy Port Harcourt boy to a one-eye king in the land of the blind. His legion not only depended on him for directions, they equally depended on him for movement. This goes to explain why the last governorship election was between Wike and Amaechi, instead of Dakuku; This goes to explain why they couldn’t campaign because Amaechi was in Abuja.
Has Amaechi learnt his lessons? The recent federal appointments suggest that he hasn’t. When a supposed foresighted politician nominates the duo of Dakuku Peterside for DG of Nimasa and Ibim Semenitari as MD, NDDC, you begin to ask how he plots his own political graph. Dr. Dakuku and Mrs. Semenitari are both from the small Island of Opobo with an over inflated voting strength of 30,000 people, being amongst the least influential figures in the map of over 2.2m eligible voters. Plenty argue that both individuals are the most trusted of Amaechi’s crew, but the consideration for electoral success should have superseded emotional selfishness.
Building a formidable political front is different from attending to domestic chores. This same error cost the APC a lot of sympathy when Amaechi humiliated Magnus Abe out of the 2015 governorship race, this kind of error cost APC Etche when Amaechi preferred a tired Andrew Uchendu to run for Senate, it expensively cost them when Amaechi forced a nonexistent Otelemaba Amachree into the Senate race.
From March 19 to 20, Amaechi was booed off wherever he went, treated like an outcast or an unwanted plague, even in his own local government. Nothing more describes TOTAL REJECTION, better. He faced reality; away from the big-big talks of the con men he associates with. Of all 319 wards in Rivers State, only Obio Akpor Ward 15 was bold enough to display it’s result in public view. The rest were beaten mercilessly and shamed.
They could do nothing but wait for Amaechi to perform magic in the dead of the night and conjure up results- Wishful thinking of lazy political liabilities!
It is a shame that with over ten thousand security personnel and a willing INEC, Amaechi could not even influence his own local government. Or, is it that without a godfather, Mr. Amaechi cannot sail across even an ordinary village stream? Those he shut out of the system have come together and are gradually banishing him far away from the business of Politics.
It is time for Amaechi to do some critical self assessment and make up his mind on whether to be a politician or a political beneficiary. If and when he does, he will understand that both situations are different and require different strategies, but until then, Mr. Amaechi remains the architect of his own problems. He recruited incompetent labourers and today is harvesting the sour grapes.
Will Rotimi Amaechi hear me this time? Only his future actions will tell.
Eze-Basil Chinwendu Oluo D’Oracle
Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
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