The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated Governor Rotimi Amaechi for playing to the gallery following the police blockade of the road leading to Government house in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Thursday night.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Friday, the PDP, accused Amaechi of inciting the public against the Federal Government and the Rivers State police commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu.
“Of particular concern is the manipulation of the media by the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Governor Chibuike Amaechi to mislead Nigerians and create an impression that he was barred by the police and the Federal Government from entering the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt.
“This distortion of facts is totally unacceptable and unbefitting of a state governor. It is indeed condemnable that Governor Amaechi has continued to distort facts and interfere in the lawful activities of the police and security operatives ensuring law and order in Rivers State only to manipulate the media and portray himself as the victim,” the statement said.
The PDP spokesman said Mr. Amaechi was fully aware that based on the ruling of the courts, the police had sealed off a secretariat illegally opened by some individuals under the name, flag and colour of the PDP; consequent upon which the route leading to the structure and the Government House was barricaded.
Metuh added that “Mr. Amaechi, in his usual defiance of law and order, chose to take the same route accompanied by unauthorized persons who sought to beat security and access the sealed secretariat and then turned around to create a scene and distort facts so as to incite Nigerians against the police and the Federal Government”.
The PDP said “Governor Amaechi cannot feign ignorance of the fact that the route was closed as he must have been fully informed by his security details, otherwise he is running an incompetent government that cannot guarantee the safety and welfare of his state.
Giving a word of advice to the governor that he should not drag the Nigeria Police, as a “sacred institution” into the murky waters of politics, Metuh reminded Amaechi “that facts are sacred and should not be distorted under any guise”.