There appears to be further cracks in the walls of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as the Rivers State chapter of the opposition party has distanced itself from the call by its national secretariat that President Goodluck Jonathan should be impeached over the political crisis rocking the state.
The state ACN, against this backdrop, absolved the President of any blame in the Rivers crisis choosing instead to lay the blame at the foot of the state governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who it accused of orchestrating the crisis.
In a statement issued and signed by Mr Amonibia Akoko, Secretary, ACN Rivers State, and made available to newsmen, the party cautioned its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on making uninformed statements on the crisis as it will only worsen the situation in the state.
The Rivers ACN said, “We the ACN in Rivers State chapter know the true picture of events that are unfolding in the state.
“And we know that in this incidence, the main culprit is Governor Amaechi, who during the last electioneering and election, sealed up the Campaign Secretariat of Dr Abiye Precious Sekibo, used the Nigerian security agencies to arrest and intimidate our members.
“When all this was going on, Mr Lai Mohammed did not send us word of encouragement or support, as a party in Rivers State.
“Political parties have structures; starting from the ward level to the national headquarters. It is against the party’s constitution for the National Publicity Secretary to usurp the functions of the party at the state, local and ward levels.
“We as members of the ACN in Rivers State have never met and passed a resolution or informed the national headquarters of the ACN that we want President Goodluck Jonathan to be impeached.
“Mr. Lai Mohammed should respect the high office he holds as Publicity Secretary of our great party.
Consequently, we the Executive and members of the Rivers State Chapter of the ACN totally disown the call for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“We unanimously condemn the hasty action and resolution passed by one arm of the National Assembly – the House of Representatives, to take over the business of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
“We, however, commend the Senate for the unbiased and balanced position it has taken to send a fact-finding mission to Rivers State, and find out the true position of things.
“We also call on the Inspector General of Police not to heed the one-sided call for the deployment of Mr Joseph Mbu, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, as Governor Amaechi had used the police to hunt down, harass and intimidate members of the ACN and other opposition parties in Rivers State.
“We ask that the status-quo in Rivers State should be maintained until the fact-finding mission dispatched by the Senate, arrives to ascertain the true picture of events.
“We urge Rivers State people to be law-abiding, as whatever we do shall affect our people and not the likes of Mr. Lai Mohammed, the uninformed members of the House of Representatives and their acolytes, whose inciting statements would only ignite more fire for us to burn”.