Nigerian Opposition Leaders Buhari, Tinubu Beg Aggrieved Governor Amaechi To Join APC

Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd and the National Chairman of the APC Chief Bisi Akande, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, urged Governor Chibuike Amaechi to come over to the APC.
Describing Governor Amaechi as a very courageous politician, Tinubu said the APC was the party for people like the governor.

As the recruitment train of the All Progressives Congress, APC, moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital yesterday, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, one of the seven opposition governors amused his numerous supporters as he promised to consult with President Goodluck Jonathan and other stakeholders in the political sector before deciding on whether he would remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or cross over to the All Progressive Congress, APC.

The governor who spoke at a rally organised to receive the national leadership of the APC in Government House; Port Harcourt, yesterday, said he was a special person among the seven governors that floated the new Peoples Democratic Party. Unlike others according to him, he hails from the same South-South zone with President Goodluck Jonathan.

“I am peculiar in the group of the seven governors. The President comes from our zone.  I will consult our leaders, the President; I will consult you, (referring to the mammoth crowd). I will consult all consultables.

I will come back to you. The day we shall take a decision it will be at the new stadium that can take 40,000 persons.  If we are staying (referring to the PDP), we shall call the President to the stadium to address us, but  if we are going we shall call Tinubu and Buhari to come and address us, ” he said.

The governor who took on  his political foes said the political crisis in the state was largely due to his refusal to abuse public funds, stressing that he was not a corrupt governor.  “They don’t accuse me of being corrupt. They only say I don’t run an inclusive government which is Chop I chop”, he said.
Continuing, he said he would continue to pray to the Almighty God to protect the state from those he accused of plotting to plunder its resources.

Governor Amaechi, who laced his speech with some  gospel songs said the Almighty God had always put his opponents to shame, adding that it was part of the reasons why he danced joyously at the funeral of the foster mother of the first lady which held in Okrika, Rivers State recently.

“I was told I would be stoned at Okrika if I come there. I went there, I raised my right hand and there was applause, I raised the left, it was the same. I said God, I thank you.  Those on the other side are corrupt. We shall reply them one after the other. They have served and now are hungry.”

Continuing, the governor described some of his political foes as “desperate and hungry politicians” even as he assured that he would continue to deliver on the dividends of democracy to the state.

Dismissing fears that he would be removed as governor through a court verdict on November 11, the governor also gave a brief account of how his administration had been spending public funds.  “You have been hearing we will remove him since 2007. Have I been removed?

They talk as if they own God. They said we will be removed on the 11th which is Monday.  Come on that day, I will dance here”.  Amaechi then burst into a gospel song again which said, “there is nobody greater than God, there is no one greater than Jehovah Lord Divine”.

He said his administration was constructing roads, building health centres and schools, adding that he had also commenced an empowerment scheme for youths in various wards in the state.
Governor Amaechi further called on the people to resist acts of impunity on the part of the Police command in the state.

“I came down to march with you when I heard that they locked the gate at the airport against you. We walked five kilometres to the airport. We forced the gate open and I walked with you. We must prepare ourselves from now on”, he said.
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