Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State on Thursday maintained that he, along with other G5 governors, who defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, will not return to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Amaechi explained that their defection to the APC was not basically because of the former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who recently threw in the towel, but as a result of President Goodluck Jonathan’s refusal to address issues of constitutionalism and accountability.
He stressed that the only way to address such issues was through Nigerians and not President Jonathan.
Amaechi, who is the chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum spoke on Thursday when Knights and Ladies of St. John International, Port Harcourt Grand Commandery paid him a solidarity visit in Government House.
He said, “The reason we broke away from PDP and joined the APC is not basically because of Bamanga Tukur. Bamanga Tukur is not the big issue. There were issues we raised before the President and he has not addressed them.
“He (President Jonathan) said oh! I have removed Bamanga Tukur, so, you people can come; come to do what? There are other issues; there are issues of constitutionalism.
“There are issues of accountability, we raised them before Mr. President and those issues have not been addressed and we think that the only way to address them is through you Nigerians. The President is not our problem; we are our own problem”.
Assuring his visitors that the APC would restore sanity to the country’s polity, the governor urged Nigerians to vote out the PDP in the 2015 general elections.
Amaechi explained that the APC would not be a religious party, even as he lampooned those attempting to fan the embers of religious crisis in the country ahead of the next elections.
He added that leadership transcended religion and ethnicity, saying, “Don’t let anybody confuse you, they have been going from church to church, telling you it is Christians versus Muslims. No! The money they are stealing does not have Christian or Muslim emblem.
“So, it is not Christ versus Mohammed. They are using that to hoodwink you to continue to siphon our resources. Their wives are building houses all over, hotels all over and we are watching”.