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Amaechi Spent N17bn On Failed Quest To Become Buhari’s Running Mate



The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, has described as uncomplimentary, comments by the
State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi on its 2015 Governorship
Flag bearer, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The party said it was most concerned about the
inconsistency and falsehood contained in Amaechi’s
statements, observing that they were obvious pointers to the
frustration of a drowning person.
PDP described Gov Amaechi’s claim while speaking on
Radio Port Harcourt, 91.7FM, a live Radio programme, on
Friday December 19, 2014, of sacking Chief Nyesom Wike
as Chief of Staff, as monumental fallacy and inconsistent
with his later remarks that he recommended same person
for appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of
In a statement on Friday signed by Jerry Needam, media
aide to State Chairman, Felix Obuah, PDP wondered why the
so-called principal that sacked his employee on ground of
incompetence would still recommend same person for a
higher and more tasking responsibility.
The truth, PDP explained, was that the former Minister, Wike,
was not sacked, neither was he recommended for any
federal appointment by Gov. Amaechi, stressing that the
former Chief of Staff was appointed Minister based on his
pedigree, resourcefulness, capability and ability to deliver
assigned tasks, in addition to his domestic goodwill and
acceptability by the people in Rivers State.
The party challenged Gov. Amaechi on issues of corruption,
warning that those who live in glass houses should beware
of throwing stones.
“It is unfortunate that Gov Amaechi has not conducted
himself as a responsible, wise and civilized leader.
Otherwise, he would have realized that the immunity clause
under which he hides himself today will soon elapse, and the
evils and fraudulent activities he engages in today will be
accounted for, because nothing is hidden under the sun”, the
PDP remarked.
“We had thought of consoling Governor Amaechi on the
several avoidable disappointments he has suffered under
the APC, but his unrepentant attitude and continued
desperation, smack of ignorance and youthful exuberance,
which does not encourage such sympathy. Our worry also is
the fact that the appointment as campaign officer to Buhari
will translate to nothing in terms of benefit to the people of
the State”, it added.
Describing the reported appointment of Gov. Amaechi as the
Campaign Manager of the All Progressives Congress, APC,
Presidential Candidate, Gen. Muhammed Buhari, as “a
further humiliation to the disappointed Vice Presidential
dreamer”, the PDP insisted that the APC never took the
decision in good faith, but to ensure that its major source of
funding and execution of party campaigns was sustained.
“The PDP wonders why Gov. Amaechi continues living in a
fool’s paradise, having been deceived by the APC leaders,
the second time, stressing that the paramount interest of
Ahmed Tinubu and his cabal is only in creating avenues for
squandering Rivers tax payers money and resources without
conceding any sensitive top elective position to the man
(Amaechi), who is today a leading financier of the APC.
“The Party recalls that Amaechi, after spending billions of
Rivers money, lobbying for the National Chairmanship slot
of the Party, was rigged out, he further wasted over N17b
canvassing for the emergence of the former military dictator,
Gen. Buhari, to pave way for his selection as Vice
Presidential candidate.
“While the Governor was struggling to recuperate from the
shock of his rejection as Buhari’s running mate, the APC
leaders have just thrown in another banana peel, naming him
(Amaechi) as campaign manager, only to encourage the
prodigal son to continue to milk dry the resources of Rivers
“The Party, therefore, warns Gov Amaechi on the wrong and
dangerous path he has chosen to tread, and admonishes
him to retrace his steps, urging all those who have been
deceived by his lies and mendacity to come back home and
help to rebuild our beloved State.
“It also calls on well meaning Rivers people to rise up and
stop Gov. Amaechi from further wasting the State resources
in executing Tinubu’s political agenda, thereby
impoverishing the oil-rich but suppressed people of Rivers

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