Jonathan, Amaechi in fresh showdown as soldiers take over Port Harcourt stadium

Rotimi Amaechi, governor of Rivers state and chairman of Buhari cmpaign organization addressing APC supporters in Port Harcourt .... on January 6, 2015

Barely 12 hours after suspected thugs attacked the venue of a rally by the All Progressives Congress [APC] in Okrika, Rivers State, heavily armed soldiers have taken over the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.

The state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, had three days earlier denied the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] the right to use the facility for President Goodluck Jonathan’s planned presidential campaign rally on Thursday.

Mr. Amaechi is quoted to have said the PDP cannot use the facility because of ongoing construction work.

But the ruling party had threatened to forcefully use the stadium because the Rivers government had used it twice in the past one month.

Some residents of Igwuruta, where the stadium is located, told PREMIUM TIMES that the soldiers stormed the facility and sealed it off before dawn on Saturday.

“We woke up this morning to find that heavily armed soldiers have taken over the new stadium and blocked all the routes to the facility,” a witness said.

When our correspondent visited the stadium, the soldiers were seen blocking the main entrances to the facility with Toyota Hilux vans.

While our reporter was monitoring the situation at the facility, a convoy suspected to belong to one of the governorship candidates in the state arrived and was allowed into the stadium.

Meanwhile, the state Police Command has confirmed the attack on the venue of the APC rally in Okirika.

The state Commissioner of Police, Dan Bature, in a statement made available to journalists, stated that unidentified hoodlums detonated an explosive device suspected to be dynamite at the venue of the Okirika rally.

“The podium and public address system were damaged. There was no loss of life. Area is now under police control while Police Bomb Disposal unit has commenced discreet investigation,” said Mr. Bature.

“The incident has heightened tensions and from our assessment has the capability of degenerating to a situation where the protection of life and property will be threatened. Consequently, the command has advised All Progressives Congress (APC) to reschedule the rally to another date.”

While the command is determined to discharge its constitutional mandate of protection of life and property, he warned political parties to adhere strictly to the code of conduct guiding political activities in the state.

He also advised politicians to respect andlaw and order and eschew violence in all its ramifications before, during and after 2015 general elections.

“The Command also is determined to enforce law and order, provide adequate security for all political parties and ensure that the full wrath of law is visited on any person(s) who dare and wish to test our capability, please,” the commissioner said.


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  • Gideon Orkar

    Power pass power. Over to you Ameachi

    • Wähala

      Thug, that na how you see it. Which power chase Dumbo from the Emir’s palace in Katsina… no be ordinary Almagiris stone am until he ran home? Impunity is never power, it’s pfoolishness.

      • Gideon Orkar

        Yes it is poolishness…spoken like a true Hausa man!

        • zeon

          Gideon, He(Wahala) is a Kanuri man. They think with their anus…

          • Wähala

            …and plug yours with their toes, those Kanuris!

      • Reality

        GEJ is a gentleman, if I were him i would’ve tell my sesecurity men to shoot those miscreants.

    • endingNaija

      Gideon, you are justifying your candidate’s (Mr. Jonathan) illegality? If you justify this then why are you crying that some “foreigners” have come to drill the oil in ya backyard? Please look at the analogy because Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt belongs to the Rivers state govt and NOT to the Federal government. Do you think consistency is important in thought?

      • Gideon Orkar

        I said power pass power. Ameachi should now play his hand. We are watching

      • DESTINY,

        yes it is apparent that the stadium belongs to rivers state government. and it is only by the expresse permission of the state governor befor any body can gain entrance to the property. but that law is not binding to the person of the president. since it is not a constitutional law.

      • elmok

        GEJ has the last say,he still remain amechi s boss come rain come sunshine

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          We, the Voters, remain Jonothing’s Boss.

          We go show am real power, come FeBuhari!

          • Reality

            Are you among?

          • Customer Satisfaction

            Will the vote you cast be the deciding vote?

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Does a drop of water make the mighty ocean or does a grain of sand make a desert?

      • Z.I

        And the National Prayer is May God run the lives of GEJ supporters the way GEJ is running this country.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Over to the people, Gideon.

      Voters hold power.

      • Reality

        You are nobody.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          lol, good joke.

          So why are you worrying your head about this “nobody”?

  • peaceometer

    Just temporary…

  • Original_Raskal

    Where is MUHAMMADU buhari’s certificates??

    I taught in the north before moving to lagos, and I can certainly tell you that in the islamic north, one can have over 5 students in same class with exactly same first name and surname. It is when WAEC confirms the date of birth, next of kin and state of origin of “MOHAMMED” whose results are being paraded, that we will know if there was a name change! Remember buhari’s personal letter to join the army in 1961 as well as principal’s recommendation bears his exact name – MUHAMMADU.

    From perjury to forgery! The story of an incorruptible coup plotter!

    • andrew

      your case is pitiable

  • bangiso mhlabeni

    Amaechi is a
    dolt for trying to lock horns with the sitting President of Nigeria. Buhari
    used Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium during his campaign
    in Port Harcourt but the venue won’t be available for President Goodluck Jonathan’s
    campaign team because the political numskull hates him. If not the immunity clause, is Amaechi
    the stigmatizer , different from a local government chairman? He should learn
    from history,Chief Jim Nwobodo fought former President Aliyu Shehu Shagari and
    suffered it,Chief Onanefe James Ibori is still in UK prison, his friend (Orkar),the
    bomb thrower is languishing in SA prison etc. GEJ REMAINS THE ANSWER.

  • Frank Bassey

    Please, anyone who has what it takes should do a personal survey in Rivers. I have done that over time. The crowd you see in Amaechi/APC ralies is fake. Rivers is solidly PDP. Amaechi is creating room for violence so that he will have something to hang on to since he knows he is not going anywhere.

    • UNAFFECTED

      Please educate me, what is fake crowd?

  • Reality

    Amaechi is a looser

  • BlackieUmukoro

    It is the height of idiocy for amaechi to deny the president the use of the stadium. It will not and can never stand and it is strange that APC are not calling him to order, because doing so will deny them free flow of rivers people fund. Before taking PDP stolen mandate to APC he should have resigned first then contest on APc ticket to test his fluke popularity

  • Jude Eze

    Governor Rotimi Amaechi is a naïve and ignorant administrator – what does he think he can do the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is the kind of rubbish any sane mind will and cannot tolerate – Rotimi is one of those many problems in Nigeria created by the Buhari 1983 Coup – and IBB and Abacha carried it forward to allow morons and recalcitrant ruffians and rascals in towns and villages around the country without formal education to think and feel they are the new hybrids of politicians in the country. Buhari et al bred mad dogs fed them with ox-tails, and now they are the guardsmen of democratic politics. Imagine Houseboy Amaechi having the guts to challenge Federal Government. Does he know Federal Might can depose him and institute a state of emergency and have him replaced with an interim administrator – I wish GEJ a successful election come next month, and may he then, use the leverages around him to weed out all these tapeworms who are causing Nigeria hiccups.

  • Comfortkay

    Do we have this kind of thing in thew history of Nigeria? our Soldiers cannot fight terrorist Boko Haram but they can go and secure a stadium for the President. This is democracy in Nigeria, Jonathan hate democracy but prefers and love LOOTCRACY.
    Nigeria is a laughing stock before the international Community because of the our Zoology Phd President.

    • emmanuel

      You don come again with your lacklustre reasoning.

      Democracy is not what the APC practices.

      Imagine how the FG allowed the Lagos APC collect fee on Federal Roads in Lagos all the while, yet one over sabi at LASAA thought he couod be used to armtwist the president.

      Nigerians are still waiting for his court action against the president.

      It may also shock Nigerians when the FG come out with something on the stadium. If the APC had a choice, the PDP would not have campaigned at all. Yet the reverse should be the case if the PDP was anti-democracy

      • Comfortkay

        Why is your President using the Nigerian Peoples Army ? Why not PDP area boys?

  • Uzoma John

    Premium Times please publish my contribution on your platform. What I have written should also be criticized by others. Thank you.

  • 1MASK01

    see where they get strenght, yet they are ceding territories everyday to Boko haram. They will now be threatening unarmed civilians, abi?

  • RICHARDSON

    This same stadium was the venue of APC campaigns on two different occassions recently. So, the construction work can wait for now as it waited for the APC campaigns.
    Nigeria is a democracy and the stadium is not a personal property of Amaechi or APC.
    To allow Amaechi to continue to treat our President in the obvious disdain we see, is wrong. So, I am in agreement with the move to impose fairplay in this matter even if it takes using strong measures.
    Surely, Amaechi will not do all this to an Obasanjo Presidency. Why does he think that he can do it to a GEJ administration?