The leadership of the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State, has said it is in total support of the suspension of the Governor, Rotimi Ameachi. They have also dared the governor to quit the party if he so wishes.
The leadership also apologized to President Goodluck Jonathan for the governor’s actions which they described as shameful.
This was stated by the state?s PDP chairman, Felix Amechi Obuah, who led the party leadership to a meeting with the President at the House 7 of the Presidential Villa.
Ameachi was not at the meeting.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting Obuah said: “Having said all these Your Excellency, we are pained and our heart bleeds today that the main champion of opposition in the country against Mr. President and indeed the Federal Government of Nigeria is our own son, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.
“This is indeed shameful. We do not know what has come over the young man. Is it that he wants to destabilize the PDP before his eventual movement to his new party, having been handed over the ACN/APC structure in Rivers State? Unfortunately, he has repeatedly rebuffed every effort by us and well meaning Nigerians to make him show remorse and respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mr. President Sir, we sincerely apologize to you and the First Lady on this sad situation. We appeal that as the saying goes, “you do not visit the sin of the father on the son” and implore your Excellency, to remember us in prayers.
“To demonstrate that Rivers people are not with Governor Amaechi in this hostile attitude against Mr. President and our great party, we shall continue? to support his suspension from the? PDP by the National Working Committee until he retraces his steps from engaging in anti-party activities”.
Obuah said the governor was entitled to his own opinion on the party matters, but if he decides to stay, he must learn to show respect.
“He has been suspended because of anti party activities. So I don’t want to refer to Amechi’s matter because it is with the NWC of the party. So he has all to say with the party and not me. If he wants to remain in the party, he has to show respect. If he wants to leave, I cannot stop him,” the state chairman said adding that “as he leaves, two will come to PDP. That’s a plus for PDP “.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had suspended the Governor of Rivers state, as a member of the party over his alleged refusal to heed party directives.
Also speaking to journalists the Minister of State Education, Nyesom Wike, who was introduced as the leader of the PDP in the state following his inspiration of the people, said the doors will not be shut on Ameachi, but he must be ready to comply with the rules of the party.
“We cannot shut our doors to anybody. That is why it is politics. If you are willing to come back, you will do so. The chairman of the party has said so but there are rules which we must comply with and if you cannot comply with the rules, you can’t come back. There must be party discipline. If you don’t want to belong to party A, you may go to party B. As I have said before, this issue of threatening does not hold water. It even favours us because people will now see who actually controls the votes in Rivers State. We are on ground and we have the grassroots.? Money does not solve all problems.”
Wike, who insisted that there was no sort of misunderstanding between him and Amaechi, blamed journalists and the press unit of Government House, Port Harcourt for doing a ?syndicated job? which indicated that the president snubbed him, during his stop over.
In his remarks, former Rivers State Governor Peter Odili said the leadership of Rivers PDP and its executives had come to interact with the president adding that the meeting, which was a ?re-union? was ?very cordial? ?because for quiet sometime the party in the state has not interfaced with the leadership at the centre.?
On the crisis rocking the PDP in Rivers State, the former governor said it is not without solution, pointing out that: ?What is important is for us to recognize that at any point in time respect for authority, respect for the rule of law, discipline is the guiding principles that will make us run whatever system or societies we are running in an orderly, disciplined fashion in a way that will be inclusive for all stakeholders to contribute maximally to the well-being and purpose of the organisation.?
He assured that the problem putting the Rivers State PDP in a bad light will soon come to an end.
Obuah chipped in that the Rivers State governor was not only disrespecting the office of the President but also attacking the Nigeria Police, stating that his grouse with the new Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Joseph Mbu, stems from the fact that the CP is refusing to do what his predecessors did.
“Being used to terrorising innocent Rivers men and women including his perceived political opponents. Your Excellency, Mr. Mbu is a God-sent Commissioner of Police who has refused to be used to arrest and harass political opponents of Governor Amaechi and charging them, to court on trumped-up charges. We are very proud of his impartiality and we join well meaning Nigerians in Rivers State to celebrate him as a core professional.
“It is for this reason that our Governor has been doing everything including instigating commission of crimes to ridicule and blackmail the Commissioner of Police. Governor Amaechi desperately wants Mr. Mbu out of Rivers State and has publicly threatened to lead a street protest in Port Harcourt with hired persons and non Nigerians. The idea of the protest we understand, is to further press for the removal of the patriotic and selfless Commissioner of Police in Rivers State.”
The group also commended the Minister of State for Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, describing him as a source of inspiration “as well as many others in our struggle to restore our dignity and forge ahead as a winning party?.
They pledge their support for the President, his transformation agenda as well as his polices adding that he can go to sleep with his two eyes closed “believing that at all times, we will massively support and stand with you, come rain come shine”.
Obuah said he was assured the President that there was no crisis in the party and that “whoever that is not disciplined and who is not in support of our programme should be left out. At every point in time, we let people realize that the party is supreme and the President is the leader of the party and we have come to show our commitment at loyalty to him.”