Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike yesterday took his erstwhile confidant and associate – Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State to the cleaners as the battle for the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state heightened.
Wike, who was responding to allegations by supporters of Amaechi that he was behind the crisis rocking the PDP in the state, accused the Rivers government of playing politics with every issue warning that “people should not play politics with every issue. Federal Government should be appreciated.”
Wike responded while fielding questions during a radio phone-in programme in Port Harcourt yesterday.
Recalling his relationship with Amaechi, Wike noted the various roles he played in his (Amaechi) emergence as governor.
“I was the director-general of Amaechi campaign organisation in 2011. I was offered a lot of things in 2007, but I stood by Amaechi. My relationship with Amaechi is very cordial, but he is not appreciating the efforts of the Federal Government in Rivers State. You do not intervene in what you have not been invited to.
“I supported Amaechi in 2011. My LGA (Obio/Akpor) gave Amaechi the highest votes during the 2011 governorship election. I do not have personal problems with Amaechi. We may disagree on certain issues.
“My choice is Felix Obuah (newly-inaugurated PDP chairaman). He purchased form. I have no regret for supporting Obuah. I am not standing against somebody (Amaechi) I fought for him in 2007. I supported Amaechi in 2007 and we fought till the end. I was the Commander-in-Chief of that era. I also supported Amaechi in 2011. Obuah should not be denied his rightful position. I never sponsored Ake’s election.
“There is no confusion. If you feel that you are being denied of your position, you can go to court, without carrying arms and ammunition. Obuah got judgment on April 15.
“I have the right to have ambition (to be Rivers Governor in 2015). Only God will decide who will be Governor or not. I did not fight dirty for Amaechi. I have the right to report to the police, anybody that is doing anything inimical to peace. Police will do their jobs.
“Some people got ex-parte order in Port Harcourt. Nobody said the judge was corrupt. If there is an order from another court, they will say Oga and Madam (President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience) have influenced it. Obuah had inaugurated the LG and ward executives of the party in the state, before they got their court order.
“The Rivers ALGON members who are supporting Amaechi want to come for second tenure. They believe that if Obuah is the chairman, they will not get the tickets. They are frustrated.
“I am not a member of Ogboni and I have never belonged to any secret cult/society. My father is a Reverend. When I was fighting for Amaechi, nobody called me an Ogboni member. We know the hardened cultists.”
Wike further tasked the people of the state to continue to give peace a chance, and PDP members to keep supporting Obuah and members of his executive.