The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress said on Friday that the campaign of calumny and probe of the administration of the immediate past administration of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi by the state government was targetted at shutting him (Amaechi) out of political relevance.
Deputy Chairman of the state APC, Prince Peter Odike, who made this remark while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, accused the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, of orchestrating the plan to scuttle Amaechi’s expected political appointment by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, describing the move as a wasteful venture.
Odike said the commission of inquiry set up by Wike and the petitions to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, against Amaechi were diabolic plans orchestrated by the PDP and its cohorts to push Amaechi into political oblivion.
The state APC deputy chairman alleged that the plot by the PDP to pull down Amaechi was intensified in the month of August when they realised that President Buhari was expected to name members of the Federal Executive Council and other strategic appointments.
He, however, called on Rivers people to rise against the trend, adding that the action of the PDP and its cohorts was detrimental to the development of the state.
According to him, “I am calling on the elders, young men and women of Rivers State and indeed the Niger Delta region to rise in unison and tell these few actors represented by the current occupants of the Brick House, especially PDP in the state that the sound of their drums is of war.
“They want to shut out Amaechi out of political space, but they can’t because their plans are evil. Their actions are becoming inimical to the progress in Rivers State. They are not happy that Amaechi fought the political battle of his life to ensure Buhari’s victory at the poll.”
Odike, however, enjoined the people of the state to discountenance the spurious allegations against Amaechi, describing the action as ill-motivated, selfish and devilish campaign of calumny.
He urged Rivers people not to be part of any gang-up geared towards destroying what Amaechi had built in the state.