Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has dismissed the threat by the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, that he (Amaechi) will be arrested after Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has been declared as president for a second term in 2015.
Speaking during the inauguration and handing over of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP branded buses to the 23 local government areas of the state on Friday, Wike said they had gotten wind of plans by the governor to flee the state once his tenure elapses next year.
But according to him, “Once the Independent National Electoral Commission announces the victory of President Jonathan, we will immediately shut down the Port Harcourt International Airport and all land and sea borders in Rivers State to prevent Governor Amaechi from escaping”.
But Amaechi, who remained defiant, said he would continue to speak against decisions of the Federal Government under President Jonathan as long as such decisions were against the interest of the people of the state.
The governor, who made this known on Saturday through his Chief of Staff Mr Tony Okocha, alleged that Wike was speaking the mind of the president.
He, however, stated his readiness to vote for President Jonathan come 2015 if Soku oil wells that were ceded to Bayelsa State were returned to Rivers.
Amaechi noted that though he was unaware of plans to humiliate him if the president won a second term in office next year, there was no doubt that the minister was speaking Jonathan’s mind.
He said, “I presume Wike is speaking the president’s mind. Nothing will stop me from fighting for the right and interest of the people of Rivers State. The people and residents of Rivers State are my primary constituency and I have sworn on oath to protect their interests”.