The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed dismay after reading the malicious and mischievous report titled: “Stop fighting Oshiomhole, youths tell Amaechi” in some national dailies of Wednesday 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 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, Adams Oshiomhole as such a fight only exists in the minds of those promoting this falsehood as Amaechi is neither fighting Comrade Adams Oahiomhole nor any other leader of the APC or is he holding or ever had any meeting in connection to who occupies the national chairmanship office 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 detribalized Nigerian and a respected democrat whose goals and inputs in the enhancement of democratic principles in Nigeria are not in doubt, so labeling 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, Amaechi was at Washington, USA on 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 by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, media consultant to Dr Ikanya the Rivers state 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.
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 reflect 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 emphasized 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.
Source: Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
Media Consultant to Dr. Ikanya the Rivers State APC Chairman