A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Rivers State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Andy Nweye, who made the plea in Port Harcourt, also warned the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, to desist from falsely accusing Governor Rotimi Amaechi of mismanaging the statutory allocations accruing to the state.
Nweye noted that the politically tensed atmosphere in the oil-rich state was beginning to have adverse impacts on ordinary people of the state and pleaded with President Jonathan, whose wife hails from the state, to wade into the matter by calling the warring parties to order.
His words, “My appeal is and I keep praying just like most of us, the real sons of Rivers will pray any day, that God should touch the minds of our leaders, particularly Mr. President, to take another look at what is going on in Rivers State.
“As far as I’m concerned, he is in total control; he is in charge of whatever he wants to do. Rivers people will be happy if they hear tomorrow that the President has called Amaechi, they have sat down, they have discussed, the matter is over. You will see everybody on the streets. But how that is going to come by, I don’t know”.
Nweye added: “Like I said, this thing could have been nipped in the bud. I don’t want to talk about Mama (the Nigerian First Lady), our sister, but when you think back and close your eyes and remember how Asaba became the headquarters of Delta State, then the question will be why are we where we are. Why are we quarrelling over nothing now? A woman, nobody believed it was possible, but it was done.”