PDP Suspension: Amaechi is being witch-hunted, Rivers Government says

Rotimi Amaechi, governor of River state

The Rivers Commissioner of Information stated this on Monday.

The Rivers State Government has condemned the suspension of the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing it as a “witch-hunt’

Mr. Amaechi was suspended by the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, on Monday after an emergency meeting.

The state government described the suspension as nothing but a political witch-hunt.

The state’s position was conveyed by the Commissioner of Information, Ibim Semenitari, in a brief statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday in Abuja.

The commissioner said the state government is worried by the development.

“We are concerned as we believe this is political witch hunt,” she said, adding that “it is worrisome, because the reason given is the suspension of the Obio Akpor council”.

According to Ms. Semenitari, the reason given by the NWC for the suspension order is not tenable because it is “purely a legislative matter and done in accordance to the laws of local government councils in Rivers State.”

The NWC had after an emergency meeting on Monday announced the suspension of Mr. Amaechi for contravening “Articles 58 1 (b), (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP Constitution following his refusal to obey the lawful directive of the Rivers State Executive Committee to rescind his decision dissolving the elected Executive Council of Obiokpor Local Government Area of Rivers State”.


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  • tolu

    Amaechi wacth ur back , remember Gen Azazi was killed when he said JONATHAN ambition caused the insecurity in the country/. Sure the guy we end up in ICJ because nigeria had not wasted her citizen like this except during the civil war.

  • OLA PEDRO

    The Bauchi State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, has vowed never to return to the forum until it declared that it had reneged on its earlier agreement, chiding the members that they are hypocrites.

    Governor Yuguda also reiterated that he had withdrawn his membership of the NSGF because he could no longer work with people who could not be trusted.

    Governor Yuguda, who spoke on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa programme monitored in Kaduna, said “it is not a must that one must be a member of the NSGF, it is just that one finds it necessary because issues about the North are being discussed, but things should be done in unison. But what we are doing must be done accordingly; we should not be in politics to be led astray, we should do things with the fear of One Allah.

    “Allah enjoined us not to betray trust, not to be hypocritical to one another, there is a verse on hypocrites from Allah and so I can’t be among hypocrites, I won’t do that.”

    To make real his threat, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) of Bauchi State was conspicuously absent during the meeting of SSGs from the northern states at the General Hassan Usman Katsina House, Kaduna, on Wednesday, preparatory to the NSGF’s meeting today.

  • OLA PEDRO

    Who the hell is Amaechi for the president to trouble his soul about-he knows where his backers hail from in abagana-does he need a sooth sayer to tell him that? Let the rogue go fix the Port Harcourt International airport for us b4 he quits-instead of concerning himself with the east west road-the airport is a disgrace to him and the nation-

  • OLA PEDRO

    Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, on Wednesday, challenged his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi, to substantiate his claim that he (Mimiko) voted at the disputed NGF election by producing the video evidence of the claim, insisting that Amaechi could not take ecclesiastic refuge for his anti-democratic dispositions.

    Reacting to Amaechi’s claim that he (Mimiko) voted at the election, Mimiko said Amaechi should not hide under religion to cover up his anti-democratic dispositions, insisting that nothing stopped Amaechi from proving to the world that he voted by using the same video he had been using to tell the public that there was an election.

    “If Amaechi is saying I voted at the election, then I think he should prove it to the whole world that I did.

    “I sincerely believe that a process must have led to the declaration of result contained in their few minutes video clip. That later part can’t come in isolation; I challenge him to show the entire proceedings, including where I voted,” he said.

    Berating Amaechi for what he called his anti-democratic disposition, Mimiko, who is the vice chairman of the Jonah Jang-led NGF, said “Amaechi could not take ecclesiastic refuge for his undemocratic dispositions by dragging the church into the forum’s disputed election, as a way of covering up his anti-democratic tendencies, stating further that Nigerians have been deceived for too long.”

    Mimiko accused Amaechi of what he termed betrayal of his colleagues.