Mr. Bipi leads a a group of five lawmakers opposed to Governor Rotimi Amaechi at the Rivers state House of Assembly.
Mr. Bipi, who led a team of five lawmakers, allegedly backed by thugs, to trigger violence in the State’s House of Assembly, gave three reasons for his action.
In a video, shot immediately after the fracas, Mr. Bipi offered reasons that gave credence to the belief that the primary reason for the ongoing crisis in the state is all about President Goodluck Jonathan. None of the reasons bordered on governance or lack of it.
“Why must he be insulting the president,” Mr. Bipi asked an unidentified fellow restraining him from a second onslaught on the his colleagues on the opposite side of the divide.
Mr. Amaechi, some politicians believe, insulted President Jonathan by contesting and winning the Nigerian Governors’ Forum chairmanship election against the wishes of the president and the ruling People’s Democratic Party. He had been having a running battle with the presidency before then over his stance on major national issues.
Presidential aides have fought hard to exonerate Mr. Jonathan from the crises in Rivers State.
In addition to going against the perceived will of the president at the NGF election, Mr. Amaechi is also believed to be interested in the 2015 presidential elections as running mate to a Northern candidate. He has since been suspended from the PDP.
Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, berated the show of national shame enacted by the five Rivers lawmakers and their presidential backers at a press conference in Lagos Thursday.
Mr. Soyinka said President Goodluck Jonathan must bear what he called “vicarious responsibility” for the crisis, and the masked role his wife is playing in making the state ungovernable.
“My advise for her is that she learns to be a Lady first before being a First Lady” the writer said angrily while addressing a section of the Nigerian media along with human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN.
Patience Jonathan, my Jesus Christ
In another astonishing explanation that might inflame Christians in Nigeria and around the world, Mr. Bipi said he was fighting to remove the Rivers State governor because the governor “insulted” the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, who he said is his Jesus Christ on earth.
“Why must he be insulting my mother, my Jesus Christ on earth?” Mr. Bipi angrily asked the fellow who apparently hugged him to restrain him from further violence.
When contacted on the comment, Mr. Bipi told PREMIUM TIMES that the first lady is indeed his Jesus Christ on earth.
“I have no mother, I have no father. She (Mrs. Jonathan) is my mother,” he said.
Mr. Bipi, believed to be a cousin of the first lady, explained that he “lived” with her for several years.
He said he could not bear the governor insulting the president and the most important woman in his life.
The Rivers State Information Commissioner, Ibim Semenitari, denied the governor ever insulted President Jonathan and his wife, Patience.
“The governor of River State holds the president in very high regards, as well as the First Lady, and therefore cannot insult any of them,” she said. “She is a daughter of the state and is accorded the highest respect.”
A larger part of Mr. Bipi’s rapid rise in politics is credited to the mentorship of the First Lady.
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