Archive for May, 2017

France Chapter of APC lauds Amaechi’s strides in the transport sector

Posted on May 27, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

France Chapter of APC  lauds Amaechi’s strides in the transport sector

image001The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday singled out Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for praise, commending him for his performance and transparency.

The party also urged the minister to keep up the good works, irrespective of the antics of some detractors who peddle false stories about his political achievements in Nigeria, particularly Rivers State.

In a statement issued in Paris and signed by the chairman of APC, France Chapter, Mr. Mohammed Olanrewaju Balogun, the party expressed profound satisfaction with Amaechi’s role in the development of the country’s transport sector.

The party lauded   the minister for addressing the challenges of mass transportation in Nigeria and developing transport infrastructure in the country.

Specifically, the party applauded Amaechi for creating an enabling environment for public private partnership, establishing a safe, efficient, affordable and seamless intermodal transport system in Nigeria and for putting great efforts to ensure the successful completion of projects initiated by past governments.

“Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has done a lot in making policies and strategies for the transport ministry” the party said.

The party said Amaechi had served Nigeria well and needed to be commended by all well-meaning people in the country.

“The former Rivers State governor remains committed to developing the transport infrastructure.”

The party, while extolling Amaechi for moving the transport ministry into a new phase, acknowledged his leadership qualities and his immense contributions to the development of Rivers State.

It urged politicians in Nigeria to set aside their differences and harness their energies to the task of development.”

“Rotimi Amaechi has elevated leadership to new heights. He deserves national gratitude and should be celebrated at 52” the statement added.

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Princewill, Labour Party Governorship candidate in the 2015 election resigns

Posted on May 23, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

PRINCEWILL 5Princewill, Labour Party Governorship candidate in the 2015 elections resigns

The Labour Party Governorship candidate in the 2015 elections Prince Tonye Princewill has resigned his membership of the party.

Mr. Princewill in a statement made available to NF-Reports said, “ All my life has been about trying to make a difference, to not be the type of Nigerian who sits and watches the status quo go by, complaining, protesting and analyzing, while doing nothing about it, claiming helplessness as an excuse for inaction.”

Continuing, he said “Unlike many of my good friends who avoid politics, I can’t. Too many good Nigerians need people who can speak up for them. God did not give us a big voice or the ability to walk in and out of powerful rooms just to follow my own personal agenda and stay in my own comfort zone. He gave me a voice to speak. And so I must. And so I will. Voices generally make the most impact when in politics.”

The rest of the statement reads: “Unfortunately I cannot do this from within the Labour Party for two main reasons. First, in spite of the many good men and women who carry their membership card, the current leadership style and track record negate the kind of progress Nigerians and I urgently need. Secondly, the persistent inability of the Labour unions to wake up politically means meaningful strides cannot be made in a divided Labour movement blissfully unaware of its strength.

“It is on that basis, that I now tender my resignation as a member of the Labour Party, effective immediately. I no longer wish to seek Executive office but I will remain vocal in the political space and effectively – politically. To do this, I will have to leave, but I wish the party well in all its endeavours. I want to close with a quote.”

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.”

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APC Commends Jonathan for Admitting that Rivers People Never Voted For Wike

Posted on May 23, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

APC Commends Jonathan for Admitting that Rivers People Never Voted For Wike

…Described Wike’s allegation that Amaechi is recruiting militants as a sign of desperation and ploy to embark upon another massive killings of Rivers State people

image001The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, for admitting that he imposed Nyesom Wike as Governor of Rivers State. While recently commissioning the Nkpogu Bridge in Port Harcourt, Jonathan had said: “I don’t regret making Wike a governor.”

According to Rivers APC in a statement issued on Tuesday and signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, “This statement confirms that Dr. Jonathan alone and not Rivers people made Wike a governor. This statement by Dr Jonathan affirms our earlier stand that Rivers people never voted Wike into power.”

Lamenting the implication of Wike’s imposition, Rivers APC said: “It is based on this truism that Wike can now recoat and repaint projects initiated and executed by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and present them for commissioning as his own projects. It is this fact that he was never voted in by the people of Rivers State that made him to continue to embark upon projects that are inimical to the growth and progress of Rivers State and her people. It is based on this fact that Rivers State under Wike is now renamed Rivers of Blood as political killings continue unabated in the once-peaceful state. It is based on this fact that the only known agenda of Wike and his cohorts is how to do the impossible of decimating, destroying and undoing one of the brightest stars from Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Amaechi, and make him irrelevant in the politics of Nigeria. It is because the people of Rivers State never voted for him in the 2015 general elections that made him to ensure that Rivers’ money is wasted on profitless ventures and sponsoring of PDP Conventions.” The party, however, warned that never again will one man sit somewhere whether in Abuja or anywhere else and decide for Rivers people who will be their governor.

It also commended Jonathan for admitting that it was Amaechi who made Wike somebody politically. It referred to Jonathan’s words during the commissioning ceremony: “Even though Wike was Chief of Staff Government House, Port Harcourt, at the time I was Vice President, I didn’t know him personally until his name was forwarded to me by the then Governor of Rivers State, Amaechi, when I became President for ministerial appointment. Out of persuasion, he became Minister…I have no regret for making him governor.”

Rivers APC said: “This fact once again exposes Wike as a nobody until Amaechi decided to nominate him to Dr Jonathan as a Minister. Today, Wike has become a disaster and we are paying for this unfortunate appointment. Today, he is after the Amaechi that made him politically, thereby making himself a master betrayer less than Judas Iscariot. We thank Dr Jonathan for telling the world that in his entire life, he never knew or met Wike until Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi brought him to him.”

The party further described the recent outbursts by Governor Wike that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is recruiting militants at the auspices of Hon. Ojukaye Flag Amachree and Ambassador Orji Ngofa to cause restiveness in Rivers State as that of a desperate, confused mind afraid of what awaits him after 2019. Though we know that this is another cheap and bogus lie embellished to blackmail Amaechi, Flag Amachree and Orji Ngofa, let us point out knowing the type of politics that Wike plays this maybe a ploy by Wike to embark upon another massive killing of APC members and innocent Rivers State people. We therefore urge the relevant security agencies to monitor Wike and his agents of destruction accordingly and avoid further killing of Rivets State people. The world is fully aware that Rivers State under Wike has become Rivers of blood where human lives are treated less than that of animals.

Rivers APC aligned itself also with the historical statement credited to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa – the home State of former President Jonathan – that his six years in Aso Rock was a waste for the Ijaw Nation. The party declared that Jonathan’s Presidency was similarly a total disaster for the Rivers State and her people for the following reasons:

  1. Jonathan failed to muster the courage and political will in a PDP-controlled National Assembly to see to the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the over six years of his administration to demonstrate his hatred for the Niger Delta region, knowing that communities in Rivers State will benefit from the bill.
  1. The East/West Road, especially Eleme-Onne axis in Rivers State, was abandoned and became a nightmare to travellers.
  1. He refused to refund to the State Government over 110 billion naira used in the dualisation of Ikwerre-Owerri Road approved by late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and other Federal Roads in the State executed by the State to ease the sufferings of the people of Rivers State.
  1. He wickedly stopped the Train 7 at NLNG Bonny, resulting in the loss of jobs to Rivers people and revenue to the State Government.
  1. Refused to implement the UNEP Report on the clean-up of Ogoni land despite all the pleas by our people and the International Community – just to punish the Ogonis and Rivers State irrespective of their overwhelming support for him during the 2011 elections.
  1. Jonathan duly acknowledged that he has no project to point as was executed by his administration for the six years he was Abuja as President.
  1. Most wickedly, he ceded oil wells belonging to Rivers to Bayelsa and Abia states to ensure that the revenue accruing to the State is reduced to nothing.
  1. Abandoned construction of the Port Harcourt International Airport after completing other airports started at the same time with it. The airport was described as the worst sixth Airports in the world during Jonathan’s administration.
  1. Posting and encouraging the excesses of the tyrannical Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu during his inglorious days in the State.
  1. Supporting every imaginable act of impunity in the State, including the plot by five State Assembly members to impeach the Speaker in a House of 31 members.
  1. Seizing and grounding the planes of the State for no just cause.
  1. Harassing and intimidating the duly elected Governor of Rivers State then for no just cause and even supporting the splitting of the Governors’ Forum into two just to ensure that former Governor Amaechi, who was duly elected by his colleagues, did not have an easy reign as the Chairman of the Forum.

Concluding, the party said: “Though what Rivers State suffered in the hands of Jonathan is so enormous we hand over his case and that of Wike to God to handle.”

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You Cannot Intimidate Femi Fani-Kayode, Southern/Middle Belt Youths Reply North

Posted on May 21, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

You Cannot Intimidate Femi Fani-Kayode, Southern/Middle Belt Youths Reply North

Femi Fani KayodeYouths under the aegis of Southern and Middle Belt Allied Youths (SAMBAY) have replied their northern counterparts over the threat the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) issued against a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

In a statement signed by Fidelis Ujah (Middle Belt), Onyema Ukachukwu (South East) and Mustapha Olasubomi (South West) after an emergency meeting called by the group to discuss the threats that have not only been issued by northern elements against Femi Fani-Kayode but also against the other parts of the country in recent times as regards permutations for 2019, the group warned that nothing whatsoever must happen to the former minister.

The group said it knows that it is the AYF that is pursuing purely selfish interests by insisting that power must remain in the north when their definition of “north” has clearly over the years excluded the middle belt region.

It wondered why Arewa would think it can continue to deceive the Middle Belt to curry their support when it needs political power but would immediately abandon them afterwards.

“We wonder where these Arewa Youths have been all this while that their cousins the Fulani herdsmen terrorists have been killing citizens with impunity in Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau and such other states. They never condemned them because they do not see people from these parts as one of them except for election purposes. Even in Southern Kaduna that is further up north, indigenes were killed without these Arewa saying anything.

“We find their silence on these issues most reprehensible and signs of deep-seated hatred for other parts of the country.

“It is based on this that we have come together to say NEVER will we allow anything untoward happen to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode who has been speaking up for us and our peoples against the tyranny and despotism of the Buhari administration and his Hausa/Fulani disciples.

“We have lost more people in the South and the Middle Belt in the two years under Buhari than we have done since 1999 to May 2015. Do we allow Arewa and their threats to those who defend and speak up for us pass unchallenged or do we stand up to them and say enough is enough? Our people have chosen the latter.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we want to make it categorically clear that under no circumstances shall we allow anyone no matter who they think they are to threaten Fani-Kayode. Nothing must happen to him or any member of his family.Attempts to silence him will never work. If they want the Fani-Kayode’s of this country to stop talking, then they should tell the Buhari administration to stop the bloodshed and tyranny plaguing our country.

“We call on the law enforcement agencies to take notice of such needless threats from AYF as we are more than ready to respond adequately and commensurately to any action the Arewa Youths might be planning to take.

“Enough is enough!”

The statement concluded.

 

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Niger Delta leaders salute Transport Minister – Amaechi at 52

Posted on May 19, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Niger Delta leaders salute Transport Minister – Amaechi at 52

Leaders from the South-South region on Friday congratulated the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi on the occasion of his 52nd birthday.

In a press release by the Director of Communication of the Niger Delta People’s Movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua, to NF-Reports, the leaders described Amaechi as an epitome of selfless service to Nigeria, particularly the Niger Delta region.

They praised the minister for his immense contributions to the development of Nigeria.

“Rotimi Amaechi instilled financial discipline in the ministry of transport and its agencies and provided safety measures at the nation’s airports.

Specifically the leaders commended Amaechi for the rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s runway, the completion of the international terminal at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) at Kano and Lagos.

They also praised Amaechi for displaying an uncommon zeal and passion about growing the transport industry.

“Amaecchi completed the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, worked on the standard gauge on the following routes: Calabar-Lagos line, Lagos Seaports; and the Lagos-Kano: Lagos-Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Kano and signed an MOU with Chinese Company, China Railways Construction Corporation (CRCC) for Investment for the completion of the Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri (Aladja Jetty) Railway Line and from Aladja to Warri town Port, Refinery and from Itakpe to Abuja.”

“Amaechi is making efforts to complete all outstanding rail projects in due time. Work has commenced on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line” the leaders said.

They commended the minister for opening up the transportation sector completely to the private sector, saving N53 billion from the ship building fund and through the rebranding of NIMASA.

“There is on-going rehabilitation of infrastructure at the seaports. He inaugurated the Bakassi Deep Sea Port steering and delivery committee while plans for the construction of Deep Sea Ports in Lekki and Badagry as well as completion of the Lokoja port have begun.

The leaders praised Amaechi for putting Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development.

“Interestingly, Rotimi Amaechi has sustained the confidence of maritime stakeholders and investors. He has maintained unprecedented commitment to forming a better maritime and shipping policy direction. He overhauled NIMASA by reversing policy of the past administration where national infrastructural assets were given to militia leaders to protect as against established bodies like the Nigerian Navy.

“ Rotimi Amaechi remains an outstanding leader in Nigeria.”

The leaders advised Amaechi to disregard the criticism of him by Governor Nyesom Wike.

“Governor Nyesom Wike is the wrong person to raise issues of development and corruption against anybody.”

They also enjoined Nigerians to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to build a united, virile and progressive nation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the growth and development of Nigeria” the leaders said.

The leaders while wishing Amaechi good health and happiness thanked him for providing purposeful leadership in Nigeria and promoting the interest of the Niger Delta region.

 

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RIWAMA Sole Admin., Obuah Charges Service Providers to Keep Port Harcourt Clean

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

RIWAMA Sole Admin., Obuah Charges Service Providers to Keep Port Harcourt Clean

The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah has called on Service Providers to ensure that Port Harcourt City and its environs are kept clean and tidy especially as the State marks its historic Golden Jubilee celebration.

Bro. Obuah in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam urged the contractors to ensure that all receptacles in their respective areas of coverage are timeously evacuated and adequately dispersed at the approved dumpsites.

The Sole Administrator said the call became necessary as the ongoing Jubilee Celebration of the State has reached advance stage, stressing that with the anticipated influx of visitors to the State, it is needful for Service Providers to up their ante for effective performance.

Bro. Obuah said the Agency remains determined to sustain the Garden City status of the State, noting that the cooperation of the Service Providers in this regard was very apt.

“I urge every Service Provider to key into this mood of the Golden Jubilee celebration and put in their very best to ensure that every nook and cranny of Port Harcourt and its environs are dirt free”, Bro. Obuah stated.

The RIWAMA boss further declared that the Agency would leave no stone unturned to achieve a clean and tidy Port Harcourt and its environs before, during and after the Jubilee Celebration.

The Sole Administrator said he would commence an unscheduled inspection of the major roads, garbage receptacles and dumpsites to ascertain the level of compliance to his call by Service Providers.

 

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Adeleke : No Traces Of Poison Nor Metal – Pathologist

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: news |

Adeleke : No Traces Of Poison Nor Metal – Pathologist

New evidence has emerged in the ongoing inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of the Late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.  

According to the testimony given today by the pathologist who carried the autopsy on the body, Dr. Taiwo Solaja, the toxicology report showed no traces of poison and metal in the system of the late senator.

The Pathologist however pointed to the fact that autopsy report showed that there was a high level of alcohol, sedatives and analgesics in the blood of the deceased.

Dr. Solaja submitted by saying that the autopsy findings showed conclusively that Sen. Adeleke had died of aspiration with multiple drug overdose. 

Dr. Solaja dismissed claims that the late senator had died of a heart condition, stating that although his heart showed signs of inflation, this was however not responsible for his sudden death.

The DPO of Dugbe police station, Mr Ogunkanmi Gbemileke, who was one of the police personnel present during the autopsy, confirmed the testimony of Dr. Solaja while also adding that he ordered evidences taken from the house of the deceased be sent to a police pathologist.

Following the testimony of the O.C Homicide, Eleta Moses which was no different from the account from the DPO, the court adjourned the cases till tomorrow, when the nurse who initially treated the senator, Alfred Idowu Aderigbigbe will give his testimony. 

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Amaechi: The Quintessential Leader and His Endless Persecution

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Opinion |

 

“Nigerians can now attest that Amaechi stands as the most vilified, persecuted politician in Nigeria for his bravery, patriotism and commitment to work for a better future for our country. I remain convinced that God who has seen him this far will always safeguard him from the Wikes and Fayoses, whose favourite pastime is their obsession to plot Amaechi’s downfall – a satanic project which Almighty God will continue to frustrate to the shame of all the Wikes, Fayoses and Fani-Kayodes of this world.”

Amaechi: The Quintessential Leader and His Endless Persecution                              

By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze

Preamble

Today, in the politics of Nigeria, the only major assignment of most politicians as they strategise for the 2019 general elections is how to either castigate or fabricate lies to run down Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the erstwhile governor of Rivers State and incumbent Minister of Transportation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If they are not doing this, these misguided politicians are busy on how to ensure that his political structure is dismantled. Today, in the politics of our country, Amaechi stands out as one of the most vilified, persecuted and harassed politician in the history of our country. As a concerned Nigerian and one who has followed religiously the politics of this enigma and misunderstood leader of our time, it behoves on me to attempt to x-ray some of these travails and current strategy being explored to ensure the irrelevance of this man come 2019. Sadly, this is a man that ought to be celebrated for freeing Nigeria and Nigerians from the calamitous shackles of an administration that trades more in the arts and acts of looting of our common patrimony with impunity, instead, he is being vilified by those who would have preferred the promotion and sustenance of an administration that would have collapsed this country by now.

Some of the facts on how Amaechi suffers in the hands of these politicians are presented below for you the reader to judge:-

When it was very obvious that Amaechi has nothing to do with the $43 million discovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a luxurious apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos State, the soon to be rested Ahmed Makarfi led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction and her sponsors, in order to create sensation, they have to link Amaechi to the ownership of the said sum. Through her agents, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode who went to town shouting themselves hoarse to their shame and bewilderment of Nigerians that the fund not only belongs to Amaechi, that Amaechi is the owner of the said luxurious apartment. Governor Wike went to a ridiculous level by alleging that the sum was Rivers State Government fund looted by Amaechi when he was in office as Governor of the state. He threatened to sue the Federal Government, if it fails to return the money to the coffers of the Rivers State Government within two weeks. He claimed that he has documents to prove that the said sum belongs to Rivers State. It is now over a month after this threat; Wike is yet to sue the Federal Government in this regard.

The fact remains and it is on record that, apart from the Abuja residence of Amaechi, he has no other single plot of land in any part of this country, so linking him to the ownership of the contentious Ikoyi estate and the huge sum found in it is nothing but an invidious plot to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. It is sad and shameful that a frustrated and disgraceful group, with Wike and Fayose as the key actors, should attempt to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Amaechi just because he collaborated with other patriotic Nigerians to oust a regime that is now exposed as the most corrupt ever in the history of Nigeria.

Recently, Mr Felix Obuah, State chairman of the soon to be rested PDP faction issued a statement celebrating a phantom court judgment authorising the Rivers State Government to go ahead to set up a judicial commission to probe some aspects of the administration of Amaechi during his tenure as governor of Rivers State. Mr. Felix Obuah who was once saved from the pangs of death by Amaechi derives much pleasure these days in carrying out his master-task of ridiculing Amaechi and calling for his sack from the Federal Executive Council of Nigeria.

 

Recently also, these enemies of democracy have taken their trade to another level are currently strategising on how to dismantle all the political structures belonging to Amaechi. In this regard, they have engineered divisions in the Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the party is not united, strong, and viable to salvage the state from the hands of those that have turned the state into ‘Rivers of blood’. Today, the only thing we hear from Rivers State is Amaechi’s faction, Abe’s faction, Dakuku’s faction and, maybe, by tomorrow they will come up with Eze’s faction. Let me state without equivocation that Rivers State APC is one united family under the able leadership of Rt. Hon Amaechi as its leader as the factions only exist in the minds of those who want the continuous killing of our people with impunity. All these lies and attempts of a divided Rivers APC are aimed at setting confusion in the party that is being restructured and positioned as one egalitarian, viable, virile and credible structure to salvage the state from the hands of those whose only source and means of leadership is the ceaseless and senseless killing of Rivers State people.

It may interest you, dear reader, to know that all these desperate, mischievous, wicked, diabolical, evil attempts are aimed to run down an innocent man, whose only crime is that he led APC to defeat a party that prides itself as the largest political party in Africa. It is very sad and unfortunate that over two years that Amaechi led APC to dust PDP in the 2015 general elections; the soon to be rested PDP factional leadership has refused to forgive Amaechi for disgracing them out of power and salvaging our nation from a system whose corruptive tendency is not only contagious but legendary.

Let me state that this group not only is deadly but is ever ready and capable to do anything in order to ridicule, rubbish and bring Amaechi down including praying for the death of President Muhammadu Buhari if that will enable them get at Amaechi as soon as possible but they seem to forgot that they are not God who assisted Nigerians to elect Buhari as the President of Nigeria and that this God is very capable not only to protect but secure the life of Mr. President until it is his time for him to join his ancestors. Even as we know that the efforts and schemes of this group will amount to an exercise in futility if the spiritual meanings of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi are anything to go by – Chibuike means “God is all Powerful and “Rotimi” an abridged version of “Oluwadurotimi” meaning “the Lord stands by me”, while Amaechi means “who knows tomorrow?”

Let me state that I intend in this treatise after formally presenting to you the reader the person and personality of Amaechi attempt to expose other steps both past and present this group has adopted in their single mission of destroying Amaechi and then leave you the reader to take your own stand.

Profiling Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, Hon Minister of Transportation

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was on Nov. 11, 2015 sworn-in as Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Transportation, was born in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, to the family of late Elder Fidelis Amaechi and Mrs Mary Amaechi. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Rivers State, was where Amaechi laid the foundation of his political life, participating actively in student union politics, especially in the National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS), of which he was president, and the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). After graduation, he cut his teeth in politics as secretary of the now defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, from 1992 to 1994 he was Special Assistant to Dr Peter Odili, then deputy governor of Rivers State; member of the Board of West Africa Glass Industry as well as Risonpalm Nigeria Limited. He was secretary of the Caretaker Committee of the Rivers State Chapter of the disbanded Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) in 1996 during the transition programme of the Gen Sani Abacha junta.

In 1999, Amaechi contested and won a seat to become a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly to represent his constituency. He was subsequently elected Speaker of the House of Assembly as well as Chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. He was re-elected into the State House of Assembly in May 2003 and equally re-elected Speaker. A master’s degree holder, Amaechi’s assumption of office as governor of Rivers State, based on a Supreme Court judgement after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) dumped him, despite his convincingly winning the party’s gubernatorial ticket, remains a mystery to many political watchers in the country. He was a two time Governor of Rivers State and two time Chairman of Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). His unprecedented feats in the transformation of Rivers State have won him many international and local awards as well as the respect of great world and Nigerian leaders.

Amaechi was the rallying force behind mobilising the governors under PDP to support the presidential aspiration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan during the PDP Presidential Primaries that produced Jonathan as the PDP flag-bearer and during the 2011 presidential election proper ensured that President Jonathan got over 2 million votes from Rivers State – the highest by any state in Nigeria then. A misunderstood but an amiable personality; his forthrightness and boldness to stand by the truth attracts so much enemies to him, particularly those who cannot withstand his manner of approach to result-oriented feats. His numerous ‘sins’ will be highlighted later.

Amaechi, holder of the National honour of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), is a Christian of the Catholic faith where he is a Knight of St John. Amaechi was appointed Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign. The team led the party to victory in the March 28, 2015 presidential election in which a sitting president was roundly defeated for the first time. He is the incumbent Minister of Transportation.

Amaechi and the wrath of his people

Apart from the fact that Amaechi may have incurred the wrath of his people and some vested powerful interest in Niger Delta, by spearheading the defeat of their brother (Dr Goodluck Jonathan) who performed so woefully as president of Nigeria, Amaechi supported and promoted a northerner and a Muslim against his Christian brother. To them, he must be destroyed by any means possible. But these people failed to understand that undermining Amaechi will ensure that the South-south does not have a strong voice in the administration of President Buhari.

Chief Nyesom Wike, sadly, allowed himself to be used as a tool by former President Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, and their collaborators in their blind ambition to destroy Amaechi, whom they saw as a threat to their continued plundering of the common patrimony of our nation. The third factor was the gathering or unification of those that see Amaechi as a threat to the realisation of their political ambitions in Rivers State.. The last, but not the least, was the ambition of Chief Nyesom Wike to govern Rivers State, which many never knew until it was too late to stop him. It was his ambition and readiness to provide himself as a tool for the realisation of the goal – which was to destroy Amaechi by any means – that united all these other groups. They embarked upon this project with zeal without knowing the end but, knowing what future portends for Wike, Amaechi and Jonathan, I did my best to dissuade them from this unwarranted struggle; but Wike and Jonathan refused to see reason. The result was the failure of Jonathan to survive the 2015 general elections.

How Amaechi became the rallying point for the decimation of PDP

John Maxwell and General Montgomery must have had Amaechi in mind when they stated respectively that, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way” and “My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence”. These quotes by these great men simply attest to the ability of Amaechi to conceive the way and mobilise Nigerians to send packing a party that prides itself as the largest and biggest political movement in Africa. How did he achieve this uncommon feat is stated below.

The decimation of PDP commenced when in its desperation the PDP Leadership then embarked upon a journey codenamed “Why Amaechi must be destroyed”. This drive led to Amaechi’is departure from the party, alongside six other PDP Governors, to form the New PDP, with five of them later joining the mega opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). Explaining why he joined APC, Amaechi said: “Unfortunately, recent events within the PDP have given me reason to reconsider our collective interest as people of the South South and indeed as Rivers people. At various times, as the one whom you gave your mandate, I had cause to complain about the marginalisation of our State and our people despite our huge contribution to the national coffers and our unflinching commitment and support for the ruling PDP. While the political and economic importance of Rivers State cannot be contested, we continue to hold the shorter end of the stick.

“A few instances may suffice: Our demand that the Federal Government return oil wells belonging to Rivers State to us has gone unheeded and been treated with levity under this administration. Rather, our oil wells have been ceded to Bayelsa, Abia and Akwa Ibom states. Even after we got a judgment that the oil wells were wrongly ceded to Akwa Ibom State and should be returned to us; only dry wells that were no longer producing oil were returned.

“In the specific case of the Soku oil wells, despite a decision reached that the monies should remain in an escrow account till all matters concerning it are resolved, the Federal government continues to pay neighbouring Bayelsa State the revenues meant for Rivers State in a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. It is indeed noteworthy that we have made several representations formally and informally on this matter.

“A second instance is the total absence of federal presence in Rivers State. The ‘National Good Governance Tour’ provided a good opportunity for the Federal Government to showcase its presence in Rivers State. The tour, if nothing else, proved that there was not much to show in a state that is the cash cow of the federation. The East-West Road remains abandoned, work has been deliberately slow on the Port Harcourt International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country, while all airports started along with it have long been completed and commissioned. The Bonny-Bomu Road that leads to the only functional liquefied natural gas project remains uncompleted. In the midst of all these, our administration went ahead to fix federal roads to the tune of N103 billion. Several representations and letters after, not one kobo has been repaid. The Federal Government is actively discouraging investments in Rivers State.”

Endless persecutions

Despite Amaechi’s great show of love to former President Jonathan, he was subjected to monumental humiliation by the Jonathan’s Administration. A few examples: The plane of the Rivers State Government was grounded for no just cause, the PDP Structure in Rivers State was taken away from him, and his election as the Chairman of NGF duly certified and acknowledged worldwide was annulled by ex- President Jonathan and his cohorts. As if that was not enough, Amaechi was suspended from a party he so much loved and spent so much to build. Indeed, if not for divine providence, he would have been illegally impeached by five legislators in a House of 32 members; a Police Commissioner by name Mr. Joseph Mbu was posted to haunt, insult and abuse him publicly, calling him a despot. What is more, some ex Governors that came to visit him were stoned by Wike’s boys! In the eyes of Nigerians, Amaechi stands as a great man while in the eyes of those haunting him he is a persona non grata.

Amaechi was ambushed and refused entry . . . into Ekiti by military personnel acting on orders from above and was made to turn back and return to Akure where his chartered 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 Amaechi entry or exit.” There was also an attempt later made to detain him at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, when he went to felicitate with the then new Emir of Kano, HRH Alh Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Wike’s single agenda

Chief Nyesom Wike’s desperation to drag Amaechi’s name in the mud in order to frustrate his nomination or appointment as a minster, made he (Wike) to sponsor a satanic documentary on Amaechi aired on Africa Independent Television (AIT). This satanic documentary was part of Wike’s propaganda war against Amaechi, for which he earmarked billions of naira in his wicked plot to destroy and decimate the person and character of Amaechi. Other propaganda tools planned and deployed during this period, in the war against Amaechi, include sponsored publications such as advertorials, columns, editorials and Op-Ed articles in major international, national and local print media; sponsored personality discussion programmes in the electronic media and sponsored special documentaries on television and radio through independent groups and organisations.

This insidious plot by Wike include commissioning a team made up of persons within and outside Rivers State to ‘initiate, formulate and contrive false damaging reports bordering on alleged corrupt practices by Amaechi, which were circulated to individuals and institutions within Nigeria and abroad with a view to damaging the incorruptible character and rising profile of Hon Rotimi Amaechi, in order to blackmail and put pressure on President Buhari not to appoint the former governor into his government. These cooked reports to the shock of many Nigerians was sent to the Senate and presented through one misguided Senator Thompson Sekibo, which the Senate referred to the Ethics Committee of the Senate, which caused the delay in Amaechi’s screening and confirmation as a minister. Amaechi has through both the immediate past Secretary to the Rivers State Government, George Feyi, and the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Chamberlain Peterside, and others denied any form of corruption against him by Wike and his cohorts.

Wike did not stop at these but went further to set up Justice George Omereji Panel, to investigate the administration of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi. Though the panel did not found any wrong-dealing, or corrupt practices by Amaechi, Wike went ahead to issue a white paper indicting him of embezzling the sum of N53 billion, How on earth can someone in his right senses describe funds withdrawn with the approval of the legislature and spent as prescribed by the state budget to be missing? Wike, in his desperation to stop Amaechi’s appointment as a minister, resorted to dancing naked in the market place.

But as God will have it, and contrary to the expectations of Chief Wike and his gang of miserable ingrates, their ferocious campaign to blackmail, disparage and portray  Amaechi as a very corrupt person unfit to be appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, failed to achieve the desired objective; as on September 30, 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to list and submit the name of Chibuike Amaechi along with those of 20 other great Nigerians as ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

And to the shock and chagrin of Wike and his cohorts, the Senate, after three sittings on the ministerial screening of the ministerial nominees, screened Amaechi on October 22, 2015 and formally confirmed him on October 29, 2015. He was subsequently sworn-in with the 35 other ministers on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, by President Buhari, who as a further mark of confidence in the Lion of Ubima assigned to him the strategically important Ministry of Transportation.

Conclusion

Nigerians can now attest that Amaechi stands as the most vilified, persecuted politician in Nigeria for his bravery, patriotism and commitment to work for a better future for our country. I remain convinced that God who has seen him this far will always safeguard him from the Wikes and Fayoses, whose favourite pastime is their obsession to plot Amaechi’s downfall – a satanic project which Almighty God will continue to frustrate to the shame of all the Wikes, Fayoses and Fani-Kayodes of this world.

Let me urge and plead with the Wikes, Fayoses and their cohorts to try and listen to Thomas Babington Macaulay who postulated that, “To punish a man because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked” and try and leave Amaechi alone.

I will conclude this treatise by using the quote of Rita Levi-Montalcini a Nobel award winner, “If I had not been discriminated against or had not suffered persecution, I would never have received the Nobel Prize” to encourage Amaechi that he should not be dismayed as one day Nigerians will gather to celebrate him for offering himself as a rallying point to ouster an administration that never meant any good for this country.

Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Media Consultant based in Port Harcourt, and can be reached via ezemediaconcept2020@gmail.com

 

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Sapele leaders hail Okowa, back Igbuya

Posted on May 17, 2017. Filed under: Press Release |

Sapele leaders hail Okowa, back Igbuya

Notable leaders in Sapele on Wednesday praised Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his honesty in the management of state funds as well as his inclusive strategy, which they said opened a path to the unity of the people despite the language and political differences.

In a statement in Amukpe, the leaders called on Deltans, home and abroad, to give maximum support to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

“When we look at the scorecard of Okowa, what readily comes to mind is how he has performed. The administration’s programmes are felt in the three senatorial districts. Delta is one of the few states where salaries are paid regularly. The traditional institution has received a boost and respect under the administration. Okowa has relentlessly pursued a vigorous policy for provision of social facilities and infrastructure. The administration has performed well in the area of roads development”

The leaders commended the governor for positioning the state to achieve greatness and development.

“The government has renovated many schools in the rural and urban areas. Okowa has made modest development in terms of health sector delivery to the people. There is state presence in all the communities. Okowa is a caring governor. He believes in merit and places priority on the welfare of the people” they said.

The statement signed by the chairman, Sapele Political Forum (SPF), Mr. James Onoriode, thanked the good people of Sapele for their relentless support in Okowa’s political undertakings.

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is a man of principles and integrity”

The leaders praised the youths for their support, which allowed the visit of the governor to go on smoothly.

“Some individuals have been trying to destroy the PDP in Sapele”

The leaders said one of the greatest steps forward was for political leaders in the area to unite.

They praised Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya for the outpouring of support to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during his visit to Sapele.

“Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya understands the challenges in the area and he is leading the people in a transparent, inclusive and transformative manner. He will work tirelessly towards achieving reconciliation”

“Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya is a vibrant legislator; an astute politician and a grassroots mobilizer. He will continue to work closely with Governor Okowa to advance programmes of actions that will lead the state towards stability, progress and prosperity.

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Rights group writes President Buhari, calling for opening of Nigeria boarders

Posted on May 15, 2017. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: , |

Rights group writes President Buhari ,calling for opening of Nigeria boarders

A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has written a strong worded letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging the President to open the Nigeria boarders for the importation of banned foreign goods to the country in order to ameliorate the suffering being faced by the Nigeria masses in acquiring those goods for use.

The group also disclosed that the call became imperative by x-raying how the men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and smugglers were connived together to beat the Federal Government Special Task Force on ban importation of goods, thereby making the purported banned productsto litter the Nigeria market presently.

It further alleged that the men of Nigeria customs along Idiroko and Shaki axis of Ogun and Oyo States were in the habit of supervising and monitoring how the smugglers would have smooth activities on their illegal business by opening their mini boarders in the night around the known national borders, describing the actions of the Customs official as sabotaging, satanic, evil, illegal, aberration, abomination, unacceptable and as well contrary to the policy directive of Change Manta, President Muhamamdu Buhari that “Change begins with me.”

In a Letter dated Monday April 10th, 2017 and signed by the CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman and forwarded to President Buhari ,National Assembly leadership and Minister of Interior, which a copy was made available to Journalists on Sunday,

explained that all the actions of the affected Customs officials along the aforementioned axis were contrary to sections of 15(5) and 98 and 99 of the amended 1999 Constitution and criminal code of the Law of the Federation respectively.

The Letter read thus; “As a stakeholders in Nigeria projects, to report the satanic activities of the men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) along our boarders, in particular, Idiroko and Shaki axis of Ogun and Oyo States respectively where all Customs officials connived with the smugglers to smuggle all banned goods to the shore of the country without caution and with impunity.

“Although, we see your government banned of importation of goods, especially, the food items, as a way to promote locally produced goods and as well developed our local industries but all these efforts are being thwarted and jeopardized by the men of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) because it shows clearly that they are not in the same page with Mr. President on the subject matter.

“We are perplexed with what we saw recently during our working private investigation visit to the Owode-Yewa to Idiroko axis of Ogun State where CHRSJ team discovered the connivance of the Customs officers with smugglers and it may be difficult for government to tame this occurrence in our borders. The Idiroko axis comprises of Sango,Ota,Oju- Ore, Atan, Ihunbo, Owode-yewa, Ilase, Ogosa, Ajegunle, Ipokia, Ijofin, Agosasa. Others are; Ijofin, Beebe, Tuube, Ibatefin, Oke-Odan, Oko-eye, Igolo and Ajilete. While that of Shaki axis comprises of Igbeti, Kisi, Igboho, Ago-Amodu and Shaki. These are the communities where they are perpetrating their evil and satanic acts at the detriment of the masses.”

It stressed that the Federal government was just paying mere lip service to the policy of banning the importation of foreign goods to the country which the men of Nigeria Customs were living larger than life as they have occupied all the hotels along the axis permanently by turning the hotel to their second office, adding that the Customs officials were now richer than the country itself by smiling to their various banks every day.

It therefore urged the Federal Government to engage the service of secret police to monitor the activities of the Customs officials along these boarders by visiting all the communities being mentioned to have first hand information on how Customs officials were sabotaging the effort of the present administration in developing our local industries.

 

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