The Rivers State All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday said the alleged sponsored probe of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi by the People Democratic Party (PDP) is a waste of time.
The state’s APC Deputy Chairman Prince Peter Odike told reporters in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that the plan by Governor Nyesom Wike-led PDP government was to shut Amaechi out of political space.
The plan, Odike said, would fail.
The deputy chairman said the commission of enquiry Wike set up and the petition to Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) against Amaechi were among PDP’s plan to deny Amaechi an appointment in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He recalled that Amaechi, the former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for solid eight years, resisted the pressure by some elements, with the alleged backing of former President Goodlouck Jonathan, to control the state’s resource.
Odike said: “I am here calling on the elders, young men and women of Rivers State and indeed the people of Niger Delta to rise in union and to tell these few actors, represented by the current occupants of the Brick House, especially the PDP in the state, that the sound of their drums is of war.
“They want to shut Amaechi out of the political space but they can’t because their plans are evil. Their actions are becoming inimical to the progress of Rivers State. They are not happy that Amaechi fought the political battle of his life to ensure Buhari’s victory at the poll.
“We, therefore, enjoin the good people of Rivers State to discountenance this ill-motivated selfish and devilish campaign of calumny against the great son of Niger Delta. Rivers people should refuse to be part of any gang–up geared towards destroying what Amaechi has built in the state.”