The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, has strongly condemned the reported threat to the life of the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, by the Federal Government.
The party in a statement by the Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described the development as evil, horrendous, unjustifiable and provocative.
“We have noted the alarm raised by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Public Service Matters, Hon. Andrew Uchendu that the life of the Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has come under threat from the Federal Government and its agents. We condemn this reprehensible plot on the life of an innocent man whose only offence is that he is fighting for the rights of the people who elected him their Governor. Rt. Hon. Amaechi has not committed any crime deserving of death and we wish to warn that no such harm must come to him,” Dr. Ikanya said in a statement issued today in Port Harcourt.
We have noted with dismay and astonishment that Governor Amaechi apart from being ambushed and refused entry last week into Ekiti by military personnel acting on orders from above was made to turn back and return to Akure where his chattered aircraft was parked but was chased and rounded by armed soldiers and security personnel in Odudu, Ondo state.
According to the captain who led the operation, he had orders not to allow the governor entry or exit. The detention attempt and incident at the Kano International Airport last two weeks are still fresh in the minds of Nigerians. Also, the call to put Gov. Amaechi under surveillance (or is it house arrest?)
The Rivers APC Chairman advised the Federal Government “to rechannel its energies towards finding a solution to the incessant bombing and killing of Nigerians like chicken by Boko Haram and leave Amaechi alone.”
Amaechi, according to Rivers APC, has suffered enough in the hands of the Goodluck Jonathan administration and should be given a break.
“The Federal Government should understand that Amaechi was duly elected Governor by the good people of Rivers State. Any attempt on his life would rightly be seen as an attack against Rivers State and her people. That PDP has lost Rivers State is not a good reason why our Governor should be singled out for attack and harassment every time and definitely certainly not a justifiable reason to seek to terminate his life,” the statement said.