PORT HARCOURT/Nigeria: Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had expressed dismay after reading the malicious and mischievous report titled, “Stop fighting Oshiomhole, youths tell Amaechi” in some National dailies of today and resolved that it has become imperative to set the record straight as the State chapter of the party doesn’t need any soothsayer to tell her that the report was a mere tool of blackmail aimed at maligning the person and personality of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the erstwhile Governor of Rivers State, the incumbent Minister of Transportation and the undisputable leader of APC in South -South.
The party in her reaction stated that it is erroneous to report that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is fighting the erstwhile Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as such a fight only exist in the minds of those promoting this falsehood as Amaechi is neither fighting Comrade Adams Oahiomhole or any other leader of the All Progressives Congress or is he holding or ever had any meeting in connection to who occupies the National Chairman of the party or any other position of the yet to be elected members of the National Working Committee of the party.
The party described Amaechi as a detribalised Nigerian and a respected democrat whose goals and inputs in the enhancement of democratic principles in Nigeria are not in doubt so labelling him with a borrowed robe is to us an exercise in futility.
The party further stated that at the time the Edo meeting was held the Honourable Minister was at Washington, USA on office national assignment and couldn’t have held any meeting he is being credited to in this regard.
With these facts, we view this report as a sponsored report to malign the person and personality of the Honourable Minister of Transportation and the leader of APC in the South -South.
Therefore we wish to describe this blackmail and unwarranted attack against a person who sacrificed both his life and resources to entrench APC as a political party in the hearts of Nigerians as most unfortunate, wicked, vindictive, vicious, malicious, despicable, ridiculous and unacceptable.
The APC in a statement issued to journalists today by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze Media Consultant to Dr Ikanya the RS APC Chairman, noted with happiness that the youths whose names were mentioned in the callous report have already denied the report so those that cajoled and concocted such a misguided report should hide their faces in shame.
The statement reads: To the best of the knowledge of greater members of the party that both Amaechi and Oshiomhole are best of friends and comrades in ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari wins the 2019 Presidential election so these failed politicians looking for cheap publicity and how to sow seed of discord amongst these two brothers should look for a better job to do as their evil plots against an innocent man have failed even before it was hatched.
Finally, the party noted that as much as the party is not against the aspiration of anybody to any position within the party, members must endeavour to avoid the undemocratic acts that led to the downfall of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by ensuring that we follow strictly the tenets of democracy and the constitution of our party in pursuance of our aspirations.
The party maintained that the endorsement of any political leader to any position must follow the due Process and reflects the views and positions of the leaders of the party in the six States that make up the South -South region.
In the same vein, the party emphasised that any political process that closes the door against the aspiration of other members of the party from our zone can’t be said to be in tandem with the constitution of our great political party.