The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State, has taken a new dimension with the call for the immediate resignation of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. The man behind the call for Amaechi’s resignation is an elder statesman and top notcher of the PDP in the state, Prince Emma Anyanwu.
According to Prince Anyanwu, events of the week which resulted in the sack of G.U. Ake-led executive by an Abuja court, swearing in of Felix Obuah and others and the suspension of the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Chairman, Timothy Nsirim and 17 councillors, were indications that Amaechi had lost control of the party in the state. He also said the unsolicited crowd that trooped out to Aba Road, to welcome Obuah was testimony of the acceptance of change of leadership in the state.
The politician recalled series of efforts he and other prominent leaders in the country made to reconcile the governor and his former Chief of Staff and Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, but to no avail. He, however, blamed their inability to reconcile the duo on the governor and further accused him of running government of exclusion. The governor, he insisted, was running government of exclusion. He disclosed how the governor bluntly refused to shift grounds, heed advice from elders or create room for compromise. Anyanwu said: “In all these, I came to the conclusion that my efforts and that of well meaning Nigerians, who joined me to resolve this over lingered disagreement with the elders of the party was caused by Amaechi’s inability to listen to advice from elders on issues that border on inclusion and mutual respect for one another in the affairs of the party in the state.
In conclusion, the governor has now lost control and management of the state. He has lost the heart of the party on which he was elected into office.” “This situation has also resulted in the dissolution of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and elected councillors. Based on all these and other issues on ground, I call on him to immediately resign as governor of Rivers State to allow peace to reign.” He said it was during crisis that a true leader exhibited his quality of leadership, by listening to complaints and grievances of the aggrieved party with a view to reaching compromise in the interest of all. According to him, the governor had not been able to do that. He debunked the allegation that the opposition against Amaechi was because of his refusal to share money accruing to the state to individuals and groups as was the practice by previous administrations.