Monday, October 21, 2013
Plot to force Amaechi to resign, last desperate act –APC
abduct, blackmail and force Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State
to resign from office, describing it as the last desperate act of
those who are bent on getting rid of the governor at all costs.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party urged that the
plot, which was exposed by the Rivers Peoples Forum, should be taken
very seriously, against the background of a similar occurrence in the
past and the outcry by Governor Amaechi that his life was in danger.
"Anyone who thinks this alarm by the Rivers Peoples Forum is
outlandish should remember what happened to then Anambra State
governor, Chris Ngige, who was abducted and rough handled in 2003, in
what is undoubtedly, the most egregious violation of democratic
institutions in our country's history.
"The instigators and perpetrators of the crisis in Rivers are keenly
aware that they are running out of options.
"Their impeachment plan has been foiled by the take-over of the
legislative functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly by the
the National Assembly, while their plan to declare a state of
emergency in the state has also failed, against the lack of support
for such act by the National Assembly.
"This is the reason for this last desperate act by an increasingly
desperate Presidency, which may not exclude a final solution. We are
therefore, for the umpteenth time, calling on civil society and human
rights organisations, opinion leaders and indeed all lovers of
democracy and believers in constitutional rule to intervene to stop
the runaway culture of impunity in Rivers State," it stated.
The APC said it was instructive that a day after the Rivers Peoples
Forum exposed the plot against Amaechi, "the so-called" chair of the
PDP in Rivers, Felix Obuah, allegedly set out to prepare the grounds
for the devilish plot when he called a press conference to deliver a
harangue against Governor Amaechi whom, he accused of "insulting and
dragging the names of President Goodluck and the First Lady, Dame (Dr)
Patience Jonathan to the mud."
"There can be no better confirmation of the evil plot than this."
It also warned that the "madness" in Rivers State, which is allegedly
being carried out under the watch of the Presidency, should not be
seen as an isolated incident, but as a part of a grand plot and a test
run for 2015.