The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the emancipator of the people of the state, following his brave showing at a rally organised by the Save Rivers Movement (SRM) at Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of the state, despite the threat to his security.
Interim chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, who made this known in Port Harcourt on Sunday, said Amaechi had also shamed his detractors by that singular act.
“Governor Amaechi is the people’s general and emancipator of the people of Rivers State. Contrary to the impression being created by Amaechi’s detractors that he is a promoter of violence, the Ogoni rally went peacefully and successfully without any incident of violence, thus putting the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and CP Mbu to shame”, Ikanya said.
Commending the governor for making motivational statements at the rally, the APC chairman said; “By making a strong case for the implementation of the UNEP report on the need for the cleanup of Ogoniland, which the PDP-controlled federal government has so far sabotaged, Governor Amaechi left no one in doubt of his great love for Ogoni people and his commitment to ensuring the development of Ogoniland”.
Ikanya, who commended the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, for directing the Police Commissioner in Rivers State, Mr. Joseph Mbu, to provide enough security for the rally, wondered why a governor that had contributed much to the development of policing in Nigeria should be so disparaged and maligned.
He also painted the picture of a bright future for APC in Rivers, saying; “The enthusiastic way in which the people of the state have embraced the party is an unmistakable signal to PDP that it has been vehemently rejected by Rivers people.”
Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Rivers South East in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Abe, who is currently recuperating in a London hospital after he was allegedly shot by anti-riot policemen with rubber bullets, has described the massive turnout of Khana people at the inauguration of the local government chapter of SRM in Bori, as an indication that violence could not subdue the spirit of a free people.