The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Rivers state has blasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the witch-hunting and sponsored probe against Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of the state.
According to Prince Peter Odike, the state deputy chairman of the APC, the PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike are planning to shut Amaechi out of political space.
The Nation reports that Odike expressed concern speaking with journalists on Friday, September 4, at the APC state secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The deputy chairman alleged that the commission of inquiry set up by Wike and the petition to Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) against Amaechi were all ground plan orchestrated by the PDP to deny Amaechi appointment from President Buhari’s administration.
Odike recalled that, Amaechi, who was the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum for eight years, always resisted the pressure mounted by some unpatriotic elements backed by the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, to control the resource of the state.
Odike further alleged that the PDP intensified its cruel plan to politically pull down Amaechi when they had realized that President Muhammadu Buhari was expected to name members of Federal Executive Council and other strategic appointments.
“I am calling on the elders, young men and women of Rivers state and indeed the Niger Delta region to rise in union and to 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.
“We, therefore, enjoin the good people of Rivers state to discountenance this ill-motivated selfish and devilish campaign of calumny against the great son of Niger Delta. Rivers people should refuse to be part of any gang–up geared toward destroying what Amaechi has built in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Tony Okocha, a former aide to Amaechi, said that the ex-governor was not scared of the ICPC or the EFCC as long as the probe was not a malicious attempt. He also noted that there was a court order preventing the anti-graft bodies from investigating any Rivers government official.