The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State and its governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Thursday, hailed the Senate for confirming the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, as minister.
They reacted to Amaechi’s confirmation in separate statements.
The Rivers APC through Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Public Affairs to the Chairman, Chief Davies Ikanya, described the decision as victory over the dark forces.
“These dark forces, as represented by caretaker Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, went to absurd lengths in their plots to stop Rt. Hon. Amaechi from becoming a minister, but Almighty God has used President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to scatter their evil plans.
“We have come to understand that truly, God is with Amaechi and none of the plots by his enemies can have any impact in his life, if the meanings of his names are anything to go by. Chibuike, which means ‘God is all powerful’ and Rotimi, an abridged version of Oluwadurotimi, meaning ‘the Lord stands by me’, while Amaechi means ‘who knows tomorrow?’ play a lot in most of the actions of this patriotic and enigmatic Lion of the Niger Delta politics, the pillar and embodiment of the change mantra in the politics of Nigeria and a true son of God”.
In his own reaction, a statement by Peterside’s Special Assistant Sylvester Asoya, said: “I wish to personally thank the Senate for its courage and nationalistic zeal. The fact that it avoided playing unnecessary politics with issues around ministerial nomination, screening and confirmation is re-assuring.
“I know that for a long time, Nigerians will remember this Senate for standing with the people of this country especially on this ministerial list that had generated needless arguments. Our democracy may still be described as nascent and emerging but our people definitely know their leaders”.