Amaechi, Rivers Assembly members in secret meeting as lawmakers pledge loyalty

Rotimi Amaechi, governor of River state

The embattled governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Amaechi, has secured a pledge of unyielding support from majority of his state lawmakers, at a secret meeting where he rallied them to face the prospect of an ever more hostile federal-backed clampdown aimed at his removal from office, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

Mr. Amaechi met with the state House of Assembly members in Lagos Thursday, seeking reassurances of support, amid reports the legislators, many of them his loyalists, had buckled in the face of intense federal lobby in the last one week.

The legislators are being stirred to move against the governor, and effect his ouster in a broad campaign bankrolled with at least N7 billion, PREMIUM TIMES can confirm.

The huge sum is currently being sourced by a co-governor from the region, while Mr. Amaechi’s former aide and current minister of state for Education, Nyesom Wike, is leading the operational arm of that effort, multiple sources said.

Under the plan, the funds will help woo the lawmakers to cook up impeachable offences against the governor and then move against him.

At the meeting, held in Lagos for security concerns, the lawmakers reportedly pledged loyalty to the embattled governor, our sources said, and denied working for Mr. Wike, the current minister of state for education, who is seen as the hatchet man for President Goodluck Jonathan’s in the president’s long-drawn war with Mr. Amaechi.

Only five lawmakers, out of the total 32, are said to be working in support of the president.

While Mr. Wike is reaching out to the state lawmakers, one of the governors in the south-south region, close to the president, is said to lead the effort to raise at least N7 billion to finance the impeachment onslaught.

PREMIUM TIMES could not confirm the details of how the huge cash would be deployed.

But the confirmation of the plot and the financing effort, have heightened concerns over the feud between the president and the governor, and trailed a series of fast-paced, but mainly, behind-the-scenes events.
On Monday, Mr. Amaechi was suspended from the ruling People’s Democratic Party after rebuffing a party directive that he relinquishes his post as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and turn in his support to Plateau state’s Jonah Jang.

Mr. Jang lost to the Rivers governor 16 to 19, but has since claimed to be the elected leader of the body in another bizarre round of the controversy.

While his security team, under federal control, remains in place, security details to some state officials have been withdrawn as legislators are drawn into an escalating pressure to move against Mr. Amaechi.

Many lawmakers fled the state amid concerns for their safety, and occasionally meet in Lagos, which they prefer to Abuja for similar reasons.

The situation is further compounded after the state police chief was recently withdrawn for an officer said to be a nominee of First Lady, Patience Jonathan.

The events have deepened the concerns of safety, despite the lawmakers’ assurances for a governor besieged by multiple threats against his mandate, and his chairmanship of the influential governors’ forum.

On Friday, Mr. Amaechi secured a relief from a Rivers state high court, which ordered the PDP to stay action on the suspension order.

Mr. Amaechi was the Speaker of the state House of Assembly for eight years under former governor Peter Odili, whose administration was rated amongst the nation’s most corrupt by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Repeated attempts to try Mr. Odili have been frustrated by some bizarre legalese instruments.


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    Amaechi would never stop to amuse me with his baba sala acts–he is a disgrace to the south south-yesterday he alleged that the wife of the president was his travails–his suspension from the party-later he claimed jonathan wants him assassinated-now like the case of ribadu and lawmakers in Bayesa state-whom he locked up in his toilet-until they agreed to impeach Alams, he amaechi has moved lawbreakers from the state to lagos state-to meet with tinubu!-the party PDP has suspended him-if I were to be in his shoes i will quit and join APC-there is more to this amaechi rubbish than meets the eye–he should stop what someone described as abandoned property politics in rivers state and go fix the roads in his state and the port-harcourt international airport–its an eye sore-instead heating up the polity in the south south-with his yoruba connection-real men dont betray obi wali-its only cowards like amaechi who do-what a shame-who killed obi wali-

    • Dominic’s

      Ola you very stupid n blind you are people that always betray the Yoruba race, his excellency Gov Amaechi is not as dumb as you, maybe u r looking 4 cheap patronage 4rm PDP, goat like you

    • Ter

      No, it is ethic bigots like you who are a disgrace to the south-south, you are a disgrace to yourself and your entire family. Go and have a seat. What has your GEJ achieved? He will loose come 2015 so if you people like jump up and scream till heaven falls.

      • OLA PEDRO

        Is the struggle between amaechi and jonathan about achievements in government-This is how some of u attempt to fool us! go visit rivers state and see things for yourself–right from the airport to elelewa–if you think amaechi can akintola his way into aso rock then you must be a fool! Think a serial loser like buhari will win elections with the help of lamidao and amaechi u are just fooling yourself again-who knows buhari beyoind the web? Amaechi may get votes from aba cause of the comntract he has been giving them- and some ikwerre villages-period-Look -from the ondo state governor mimiko to governor obi have spoken and gone to describe ibonized amaechi as a rogue-that selection in the governors forum is by choice not election–yet some gullible Nigerians who think amaechi can be used to destroy jonathan are out for him–just wait and see–this was how some imposed buhari via the web-on in 2011-he ended up with only one state-APC is for the south west-none will vote for buhari there-go try yr luck–d yorubas who still amaechi as omo ibo and will never cast their votes for him–period-even with the support of obj

      • Dakos

        Pedro you are a fool! Are you a rivers man on the first place? Shut up!

      • EHI

        God bless you for your comment.

  • Mani_Kay

    JONATHAN STAY AWAY FROM RIVERS STATE: President Jonathan should stop protecting Amaechi and allow the Rivers people to deal with Amaechi as appropriate. Go to Rivers State; the fact is that Amaechi does not have a single meaningful support. The Rivers people who want Amaechi impeached like yesterday because of his bad nerves, power-drunk dictatorship, and bad governance. Amaechi has no single support in Rivers Sate except the one he buys with huge amounts of money. But regrettably Amaechi has found a dubious way of falsely blaming Goodluck Jonathan as the person responsible for all his problems. And because Goodluck Jonathan is afraid of public opinion he has put so much barricade including security barricade to protect Amaechi and prevent the Rivers people from removing Amaechi from office. This Goodluck Jonathan protection including the banning of public protest in Rivers State by Jonathan and his police chiefs will not last…….Rivers people and Rivers Youths unanimously want Amaechi out. Jonathan please be informed that you can only temporarily hinder the people from removing Amaechji but you cannot stop them.


      I just returned from rivers state brother me-its a shame–right from the airport- the entire place is in shambles-the roads are terrible it took us over 4 hours to get to eleme-the entire GRA area is something else-over crowded no planning anywhere in PHC city-yet such wants to be president via the prodding of obj-did he not do same to odili, ibori and alams–why must they always use ppl from the SS to achieve their own selfish end in Nigeria

  • Agunbiade Fagbamila

    I have some questions. (i) Why is the haunting of Amaechi taking place NOW? (ii) Why are these things happening after he won the NGF chairmanship election? (iii) Why didn’t these things happen BEFORE NOW? (iv) Some of us talk about “OUR OIL”-Is raising “OUR OIL MONEY” to BRIBE what we use “OUR OIL MONEY” for? I will like Mr. kingsley Kuku, akpos1, deri, afam, and Mujahid Asari Dokubo-President Jonathan’s POINTS MEN to answer some of these questions especially as they concern “OUR OIL MONEY” (v) If you spend seven billion naira FROM OUR OIL MONEY to impeach Amaechi where will you get money to build roads, infrastructure, provide jobs, health, education to OUR “SUFFERING” SOUTH SOUTH PEOPLE WHICH THE CONTINENT OF NIGERIA (akpos1) is denying rights to enjoy THEIR OIL? (vi) MUST WE “NON OIL PEOPLE” who depend on “OUR OIL” shut up and not talk about this because WE ARE FREE TO EAT OUR OIL MONEY ANYWAY WE WANT? I am just thinking-just thinking ABOUT “OUR OIL” (vii) WHAT should you use YOUR OIL MONEY TO DO? Serve OUR PEOPLE by providing education, health , jobs etc (so that people do not have to depend on amnesty dole every month or use it to wreck democracy as you are doing now with the haunting of Amaechi with OUR OIL MONEY?


      The travails between Amaechi and the president started long before now-Amaechi has never shown any respect to the president-never-there was no NGF elections when Amaechi insulted the first lady in Okrika her home town-He it was who took government to court as chair of NGF-according to governor Obi, NGF appiontments are via consensus and Never by elections-Amaechi is the first governor to steal himself through the back-door into the forum-aware the constitution says no second term for any governor-Jang was nominated by governor Aliu of Niger State and not Jonathan-but what happened- Aliu known for his unstable character switched sides within seconds–over to the side of Amaechi after he had endorsed Jang-again what does amaechi stand to gain from his fight with jonathan? Aware both of them hail from the same south south–rather than have him fight for resource control he is out being used as a stooge-Oil belongs to the SS-In the USA states that produce oil only pay tax to Washington DC-not in 9ja-its d only the country in the world where rents on oil are paid to the centre-intead of the oil producing states-Amaechi is a liar nobody is sponsoring his impeachment with 7b!-the North has more local government areas so collect higher returns from the federation account-imagine kano with over 44 LGA-whereas Bayelsa an oil producing state has only 8 and u call that justice abi-forget about amaechi he will never get any where in Nigeria-with his boko haramic antics-there are spoilers in every struggle-and amaechi happens to be one of such traitors-did akintola not betray Awo?

  • Ter

    You wait and see, come 2015 you and your GEJ will be losers Go and bury your head in shame.

  • Ter

    Your comment has shown instead that you are a mindless idiot and you are your type are the very problem with this country. Quietly return back to the cave you emerged from you baboon.