Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers state, has stated that the prayers said on his behalf by priests and other Christians helped him to stand against his adversaries.
According to Amaechi, the immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, his wife Patience and the present governor of the state, Nyesom Wike, wanted him to be removed before the expiration of his tenure at all costs.
The former governor made a statement while taking part in the dedication service of Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, Elechi Beach, Port Harcourt, on Sunday, August 30.
Daily Post reports that the ceremony was attended by Dakuku Peterside, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Ibim Semenitari, former commissioner for information, Tony Okocha, former chief of staff in government house, and others.
“I want to thank the priests, almost all of you were praying for me. If not for your prayers, I would probably have been a former governor a long time ago. The president wanted me out at all cost; the present governor wanted me out at all cost and the wife of the president wanted me out at all cost. They did everything they did. Let me say one thing: they had everything except God.
“When I landed at the airport, I saw soldiers but I said I did not need them. When they were in power, they were using soldiers to chase us about. In the present government that will not continue. You don’t solve impunity; if they had impunity before, we will have rule of law now. I thank all of you publicly for the support and prayers,” he said.
A day before, August 29, the ex-governor accused Governor Nyesom Wike of having been involved in corruption. Amaechi insisted he had documents proving his point.
“The funny thing about the young man is that he knows I know him. I was his governor, I have documents to show that he is a contractor. I am not a thief; so I don’t know what this young man is talking about,” he said.