Rerun Polls: Amaechi Relocates To Rivers, Dares Wike

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Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

Former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi has dared the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, to come out with all his ‘criminals ‘ in the March 19 National and State Assembly re-run in Rivers State as he has threatened.

He said the All Progressives Congress, APC members would be waiting. Amaechi made this known while speaking as a guest on Rhythm 93.7 FM current Affairs Programme “View Point” in Port Harcourt on Saturday . More after the cut…


He accused Governor Wike of abdicating his responsibility of protecting lives and property. Amaechi, a former Rivers governor said he had been inundated with calls of crying and helpless Rivers people who are faced with deaths and intimidation by the Rivers State Government under Wike. He accused the Rivers Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, of complicacy while members of APC were being killed and beheaded.

On the military presence in some parts of Rivers State, Amaechi said their presence is as result of the failure of the State Governor and the Police to do what is needful while the state is bleeding.

Amaechi said: “The Military went to Ogoniland to fish out one Solomon Ndigbara but when they got there they were attacked by Ndigbara and his boys. Soldiers are human beings, they have right to retaliate in self defence.”

One caller who gave his name as Kennedy Friday, an Ogoni phoned into the programme and said: “I am an indigene of Rivers state. Please the state is on fire. You don’t know what to say or you get killed. Just yesterday, Friday, somebody was dragged from his House in Nyeche community and was killed. What can your Excellency do to help the state. The state is on fire?”.

Amaechi said that the Rivers State Government under Governor Wike has so intimidated his opponents to the extent that APC members are scared to even come out and campaign or identify themselves as APC members. The Minister said he has arrived the state to lead APC campaign and with help of the security agencies to forestall violence that gave PDP victory when as Minister of State for Education, Wike was given the powers of controlling the Service commanders in the state by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said the present scenario President Muhammadu Buhari would not allow such killing in the state to continue but Wike as Governor has to show leadership.

“Those who are being killed are all APC members. The level of killings did not happen when I was Governor. You kill people and behead them? Not even Boko Haram was doing that in the North. How can human being kill a fellow human being and behead him?”

He regretted that under the present administration children in state are compelled to pay school fees and overseas scholarship stopped. Amaechi lamented that because he came from a very poor background and his parents found it difficult to pay his fees, as Governor he felt the best legacy you can bequeath to your children is education.

Unfortunately, he said “Wike does not believe in education for the poor. That is why schools have been abandoned and allowed to be overgrown with weeds.

Amaechi said he returned from Abuja to Rivers State to lead his party to victory at next Saturday’s national and state assembly re-run elections in Rivers State.

“Let Nyesom Wike come out with his criminals next week Saturday. I have come back. He worked as a ‘Tiger’ during the General elections in 2015. This time I will work like a ‘Dog’ during next Saturday Rerun”

Amaechi also assured his supporters that there was nothing to worry about because security will be provided for them during the rerun next week. He vowed that security agencies would not allow violence that happened in 2015 election for which PDP benefitted to recur.