The Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the state Governor and chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, to stop denigrating the office and person of President Goodluck Jonathan or be prepared to face the ‘grave’ consequences of his unguarded utterances.
The party, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, described recent comments by Amaechi against the Jonathan-led federal government as childish and unwarranted, adding that the governor’s outburst was shameful.
A statement signed by Jerry Needam, media aide to the state PDP chairman, Bro. Felix Obuh, read in part: “Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says unwarranted name-calling, attacks and rabble-rousing comments of Governor Rotimi Amaechi against President Goodluck Jonathan at a recent function is shameful and childish”.
PDP said such outburst showed that Governor Amaechi had demeaned the exalted office of the Governor and exposed himself as one with a loose tongue.
Continuing, it said, “The PDP regrets that Amaechi has been instigating the people of Kalabari Kingdom to take up arms against the federal government and promote hatred against the person of President Goodluck Jonathan who is an Ijaw son over the Soku oil wells and wonders if he believes in peaceful resolution of conflicts.
“Besides the fact that Governor Amaechi’s comments and actions are contraventions of the Electoral Act on campaigns ahead of the 2015 general elections, his comments are also very provocative, confrontational and subversive against the person and office of the President and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“We hereby condemn synchronized and methodical attacks on the person and office of President Jonathan, his Wife and first Lady of Nigeria and the PDP. The PDP shall henceforth resist any attempt by Governor Amaechi to continuously slander, insult, and undermine the office and person of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is unfortunate that a State Governor will not only be speaking from both sides of his mouth, but also speak like a motor park tout, who lacks mannerism, respect, and culture”.
The statement concluded by warning Amaechi “for the umpteenth time to desist from insulting the President or prepare to face the consequences, which might be very grave”.