Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has described a delegation of members of the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who visited the President on Thursday in Abuja, as mischief-makers whose claim to political relevance is determined by the amount of crises they are able to create between him and the presidency.
The delegation, led by PDP chairman in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, had after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, declared total support for the suspension of Governor Amaechi, whom it accused of planning to destabilize the party before his eventual cross-carpeting to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party leaders also apologised for Amaechi’s alleged insubordination and disrespect to the President and his wife, Patience and also described his recent actions as ‘shameful.’
But in the governor’s defence, Rivers State commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenitari, said it was clear that the factional chairman of the PDP in the state, Felix Obuah, and some members of his team were mischief-makers desperate to continue to turn the president against Amaechi.
According to her, “We really do not want to respond to mischief-makers who believe the only way they can remain relevant is to continue to sow seeds of discord between the governor and the president.
“Of course, they will continue to fail because the president was in Port Harcourt last week and the governor was at the airport to receive him. The presidency also recently issued a statement to say there is no crisis between the president and the governor. So, why are mischief-makers so desperate to set the president against the governor?”
“As far as we are concerned, they are merely grandstanding. They are wasting their time and this governor will not waste his time responding to them.
“We do not want to bother because we are sure the president has seen through their antics. The president is wiser and he knows this people are only scrambling for favours and political relevance.”
Dismissing Mr. Obuah and his team as a tiny faction of the larger PDP in Rivers, the commissioner said the delegation misrepresented itself by claiming to be made up of Rivers PDP leaders.
“If they are PDP leaders, how come elected leaders from the Senate, House of Representatives and the House of Assembly were not part of their team? Even Obuah has no locus to parade himself as the state PDP chairman because PDP members are in court contesting his position. He did not participate in the congress that elected Godspower Ake as chairman of our party. He was even abroad at the time.”
Mrs. Semenitari also denied the claim by the delegation that Mr. Amaechi had already joined the APC, saying he remained a loyal member of the PDP.
“The governor has not changed party,” she said, adding, “He remains a loyal PDP man and has respect for the party and the president. He believes that ultimately, the party will do the right thing. There is no cause for alarm.”