Rivers PDP says Amaechi is already with APC, apologises to Jonathan for governor’s actions

Friends of the president.

The Rivers PDP leadership met with President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Rivers State has said it is in total support of the suspension of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, and accused him of already working with the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The party leaders, led by the state party chairman, Felix Obuah, had a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and also apologised to the president for the governor’s actions, which they described as ‘shameful.’

The Obuah led leadership, opposed to Mr. Amaechi, is believed to be sponsored by the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, and the presidency. They were declared the authentic leadership after a court sacked the party leadership loyal to Mr. Amaechi.

Speaking to journalists after Thursday’s meeting, Mr. Obuah said, “W are pained and our heart bleeds today that the main champion of opposition in the country against Mr. President and indeed the Federal Government of Nigeria is our own son, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.”

“This is indeed shameful. We do not know what has come over the young man. Is it that he wants to destabilize the PDP before his eventual movement to his new party, having been handed over the ACN/APC structure in Rivers State?

“Unfortunately, he has repeatedly rebuffed every effort by us and well meaning Nigerians to make him show remorse and respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mr. President Sir, we sincerely apologize to you and the First Lady on this sad situation,” he added.

Mr. Obuah said residents of Rivers State were not in support of the actions of Mr. Amaechi against the president.

“We appeal that as the saying goes, ‘you do not visit the sin of the father on the son’ and implore your Excellency to remember us in prayers.

“To demonstrate that Rivers people are not with Governor Amaechi in this hostile attitude against Mr. President and our great party, we shall continue to support his suspension from the PDP by the National Working Committee until he retraces his steps from engaging in anti-party activities,” he said.

The party chairman said Mr. Amaechi was not only disrespecting the office of the president but is also attacking the Nigeria Police; stating that the governor’s grouse with the new Commissioner of Police in the State, Joseph Mbu, was because the new police boss refused to do what his predecessors did, which he described as “being used to terrorize innocent Rivers men and women including his perceived political opponents.”

Mr. Obuah described the new police commissioner as ‘God-sent’ saying he has refused to be used to “arrest and harass political opponents of Governor Amaechi and charging them to court on trumped-up charges.”

“It is for this reason that our Governor has been doing everything including instigating commission of crimes to ridicule and blackmail the Commissioner of Police.

“Governor Amaechi desperately wants Mr. Mbu out of Rivers State and has publicly threatened to lead a street protest in Port Harcourt with hired persons and non Nigerians. The idea of the protest we understand, is to further press for the removal of the patriotic and selfless Commissioner of Police in Rivers State,” he said.

The party chairman commended Mr. Wike, describing him as a source of inspiration “as well as many others in our struggle to restore our dignity and forge ahead as a winning party.”

He pledged the group’s support for the president, his transformation agenda as well as his polices adding that he can go to sleep with his two eyes closed “believing that at all times, we will massively support and stand with you, come rain come shine”.

Mr. Obuah said he assured the president that there was no crisis in the party and that “whoever that is not disciplined and who is not in support of our programme should be left out.”

“At every point in time, we let people realize that the party is supreme and the President is the leader of the party and we have come to show our commitment at loyalty to him”.

Mr. Amaechi was suspended from the PDP over what is believed to be his stance on major national issues which conflicts with that of Mr. Jonathan. He was suspended days after emerging as chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum by defeating the candidate supported by the PDP, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau.


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  • Sagba

    And what did Mr. President say in response? You journalists should always give us balanced stories, please.

    • Beehive

      In Nigeria, how many times have you read that journalists are allowed to cover political meetings between the president and his allies? You be learner abi?

  • gwobezentashi janinjaka

    Mr President has time for this kind of frivolity? When was this visit planned/requested for? Could this emergency media visit have been hurriedly arranged following the lack of attention from the president when he passed through Port Harcourt last weekend? It tells you that there are unseen hands that says Umblerra working with this group. Even a minister cannot arrange a group visit to the president at such short notice unless there is an emergency. Jonathan is in real trouble because he cannot control his house.

    • Mani_Kay

      You lack wisdom which is a major deficiency of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani. In our African tradition when a child offends an elder, it is important for the parents or owners of that child to go and visit the elder and render their apologies. That is what the wise Rivers State PDP Executives went to Aso Rock to do. Amaechi is a very bad child and have been disowned not only by the people of Rivers State but by the entire people of South South and South East. We do not need the President’s attention, all we need is for him to remain in Aso Rock until 2023. I say 2023 because his first term will start counting constitutionally from 2015 provided the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani cease from making the country ungovernable for him. Any thing before 2015 will not count because of the extremely bad behavior of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani.

      • Sadiq Garba

        Your inability to address issues is your much undoing.
        Your president is a misfit. The earlier you realize that, the better.

  • Mani_Kay

    LAMENTATIONS OF AMAECHI D-TRAITOR: I am just fed up with this my Rivers State people. I am here fighting for them with the last drop of my blood and they are in Abuja reporting me to the President. Can’t they understand? I am not fighting this war against President Jonathan for myself; I am fighting for the glory of Rivers State. Look at Bayelsa State that was created just yesterday (October 1996) with just eight local governments; as at today they have produced Vice President and they have also gone ahead to produce President. While Rivers State that was created in 1967 (a first generation grand papa State) is yet to produce a President. In fact, they have not even produced a Vice President. Their best was in 2007 when they produced a candidate that failed both Presidential and Vice Presidential nomination of PDP. Now, I, Rotimi Chibuike (God is Power) Amaechi (Who Knows Tomorrow) decided to fight and remove shame from Rivers State peoples eyes by going for Vice President in 2015 and President in 2023 so that we can equal the record of small Bayelsa State. What is wrong with that? Nothing; in fact my success will be to the glory of Rivers State. So, I cannot understand why all Rivers State people (including that dangerous incorruptible Commissioner of Police) are all against me. But, chai, person dey make mistake o! If I had known tomorrow, if I had known that it is possible for me to have a Commissioner of Police who is doing his job strictly as a professional, I should not have colluded with those Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Governors to oppose the creation of State Police. If I had not joined them to oppose State Police by now I would have appointed my own State Commissioner of Police who will be functioning just like my house boy especially at this time of great need. This big mistake has cost me a lot and has convinced me beyond doubt that I need spiritual deliverance because that my name Amaechi (who knows tomorrow) is really working against me.

    • Frank

      What a witless clown

  • Frank

    This useless politicians keep distracting Mr President,allow him to deliver on the promises he made to the people in 2011,stop all these petty politics of backstabbing,what has Ameachi done against Mr President?greedy politicians and jobless online touts are the ones causing disaffection between the duo,let them count Ameachi’s crime against Mr President,Oduah,Wike and co are just being childish,Oga at the top,stop playing to the gallery & dancing azonto.

    • Sadiq Garba

      Does the the president has any promise to deliver?

      • Mani_Kay

        This is the promise the President will deliver…..he will stay in office as President until all the unfit Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani born-to-rule Elders are retired from politics and from participating in national leadership.

        • Sadiq Garba

          You mean those as unfit as GEJ?

  • Wale

    These buffoons continue with their squabbling while Nigeria burns. I don’t understand why many people seem to be fascinated with this ongoing nonsense. The politicians are all a bunch of crooked mafia gangsters arguing over the spoils. Your confidence in them is misplaced and undeserved

    • Mani_Kay

      Why are you wasting your time online and posting rubbish with different identities. @wale=@frank=@gwobezentashi janinjaka=@sagba=@beehive?

      • Tobibs

        We should be asking you that exact question. After you sold your soul to Nigeria’s tormentors, you keep typing absolute rubbish on vanguard on a daily basis. Every one of you benefiting from this ill gotten wealth will pay for the souls of those that have died directly because of this injustice. God dey

      • larry

        @mani_Kay, may the good lord treat you and ur generations the way Dr goodluck Jonathan has treated Nigeria and Nigerians in Jesus name.
        Pls respond amen, cos anything short of amen means you don’t wish Nigeria well.

  • greenlight774

    @Mani_Kay:disqus u are really working for ur money. the truth be told mr.jonathan is the most polarizing and divisive ruler in the history of the country.

    • Mani_Kay

      No;you are wrong; not Jonathan and Nigerians know that when history will be recorded, Jonathan will go into the books as the leader who united and bonded Nigerians together despite all the evil the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani committed against him and against Nigeria. It is actually the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that are unrepentantly most polarizing and most divisive.

  • wuzilistique

    Now they are laughing when the time comes interest will still break them, they should be careful with what they are doing, their politics is never in any way promoting the poor standard of human life, I imagine where people will gather, wine & dine αℓℓ in the name of celebrating our 50+ of independence yet the life of the common man is falling below sea level, we need to think above cheap blackmail, massaging of one’s ego, wiring our nerve switch to the direct current of gossip, we need to generally grow above corrupt practises in order not to leave behind a bad legacy for our childrens children to inherit.

  • simeon

    “We appeal that as the saying goes, ‘you do not visit the sin of the father on the son’ and implore your Excellency to remember us in prayers….talking 2 Mr President in Parables, just tell him straight, you need some envelopes…lol

  • KJB.

    But why is Jonathan associating with these BusinessMen. All of them in that delegation have held one position or the other that did not in any way improve the lifes of the citizens of Rivers state. Ameachi unfortunately is the fall Guy in this season. In as much as Ameachi have been reckless and flipant in his uterances, am against supposed Reputable men tarnishing each others linen in the public square.

  • simonibekwe

    It is now clear why Nigeria will never grow under president jonathan. He romances with bunch of dregs, demented and putative persons who come to gossip to him. If he is busy as he should he would not have had time to welcome these dishonorable clowns.

  • zong ngem

    I am persuaded that Amaechi is not playing the game wisely. This is the difference between Politics in the North and the South. If Goodluck were from the north, no matter his sin, the hausa man will stand by him for a second time but see what Amaechi is doing ?