Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has dismissed the call by former Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha for him to beg President Goodluck Jonathan and return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Alamieyeseigha, who was convicted for money laundering but later granted pardon by Jonathan had made the call at the weekend.
The PDP chieftain said: “I think there is no problem between Governor Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan. I think Amaechi should be humble enough to go to the President and say, ‘I am sorry’, because he has no place to go.
“A child that is not respectful will also not deserve respect from anyone. I have spoken to both of them. Jonathan has no issues. President of Nigeria is very powerful. I even told Amaechi: the first entity you cannot fight is Almighty God and the second entity is the government(President Jonathan).
“No matter how you interpret it, nobody can fight government(Jonathan) successfully…Rivers State will never be surrendered to APC.”
While commenting on Alamieyeseigha’s statement, Governor Amaechi, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, David Iyofor, dismissed the call by the former governor.
Amaechi said the former Governor was trying to stand logic on its head and was not bold enough to tell the world what he(Alamieyeseigha) told Amaechi when he (Alamieyeseigha) came to talk about the President with him Amaechi.
“Yes, its true that Governor Amaechi does not have any personal issues with the President. And yes, when Chief Alamieyeseigha came to the governor to discuss this issue, he said that there is not much problem between the President and Governor Amaechi.
“But Alamieyeseigha wasn’t bold and courageous enough to say what he told the governor the problem is.
“He told Governor Amaechi that he cannot understand why President Jonathan cannot rein in, control or manage his wife. But for him to now go to the press to say something else is indeed most cowardly and timid of him,” the statement read.