Posted by News Express | 25 January 2014 | 4,074 times
A Pro-Jonathan organisation, the Rivers Redemption Group, has told the state governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, to prepare to quit office unceremoniously if his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), actualises its threat to lock down the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The group in a statement signed by E. Amadi and issued yesterday in Port Harcourt “noted with great shock the antics of a body of politicians who have suddenly come out to behave as though they love Rivers people more than Rivers people themselves by issuing a declaration that they will shut down executive orders in the National Assembly should the Federal Government not intervene in what they term the ‘political crisis’ in Rivers State.”
Continuing, the statement, a copy of which was made available to News Express, said: “On behalf of the leadership of the Rivers Redemption Group and all good and peace loving Rivers people who have witnessed the gradual decline of a once robust state due to the dictatorial and ego-driven antics of paranoid Governor who now sees himself as a self appointed Emperor who runs the Rivers State Legislature from his bedroom and has put a question mark on the ability of the Rivers State judiciary to function effectively.
“In furtherance thereof, we wish to declare that should the All Progressive Congress (APC) in any way attempt to shut down the activities of the National Assembly, we shall oust Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi from Rivers State Government House, lock down the Rivers State Government House and then shut down the Rivers State Government for a period we shall agree on in a couple of days.
“It is laughable that APC, with its hound of failed political leaders, former dictators and renowned con-men will seek to act as though they love Rivers State more than Rivers people.
“It is shameful that these band of sectional leaders will conspire to continue to mislead a failing, recalcitrant and arrogant governor when they will not condone such act of recalcitrance in their own domain.
“Will APC leader Tinubu condone such recalcitrance from Governor Fashola?
“Where were these so-called APC leaders when Governor Amaechi used the Police to disrupt political gatherings, arrest the participating politicians, charged them with trumped up charges and then tossed them into police detention cells?
“Where were these so-called APC leaders when Governor Amaechi revoked the Certificate of Occupancy of buildings were opposition elements in Rivers State held meetings?
“Was this not also reported on Sahara Reporters which has suddenly become Amaechi’s mouthpiece?
“Where were these so-called APC leaders when Governor Amaechi ordered the shutdown and lock up of the then opposition ACN head quarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State?
“The Senate sent representatives to visit Senator Magnus Abe in a Clinic in the United States. Have those representatives released the full details of the report so that Nigerians will know whether Senator Abe was truly shot Or if it was a recurrence of a medical condition that Senator Magnus Abe has had for a long time? Rivers people and indeed Nigerians who have been fed with all manner of misleading and mischievous information would like to know.
“Rivers people will also like to see the medical report on Senator Magnus Abe published in all National Dailies just as he found it worthy to have his personal letter to the Senate President released to media houses across Nigeria so that the reign of impunity will end and all those who fed Nigerians with false information be punished immediately.
“While we remain committed to keeping the peace in our beloved Rivers State, we will not allow emergency lovers of Rivers state to take us for a ride and use the situation in Rivers State as an opportunity to undermine the democratically elected government of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, a man who lived a greater part of his life in Rivers State and a full-fledged son of the land.
“We will continue to watch the unfolding scenario and see if APC and those that run it will put us to the test.”
•Photo shows Governor Amaechi.
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