2015 presidency: Amaechi disowns campaigners


From CHRIS ANUCHA, Port Harcourt

Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, has disowned those campaigning for him and the governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, for the 2015 presidential election. It would be recalled that the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, once suggested that the duo of Amaechi and Lamido be paired to contest for the exalted positions of president and vice president, respectively, under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The suggestion by the former Board of Trustees (BoT) of PDP has continued to attract criticisms across the country, and unsettled president Jonathan’s political camp. Some individuals have gone ahead to purchase vehicles, print posters and other campaign materials, soliciting people’s support in that direction.

Addressing newsmen at the Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday, Amaechi disclosed how he saw some vehicles in the Northern part of the country, bearing his poster and that of Sule Lamido, campaigning for them for 2015 election.

He said it was too early to start campaigning for 2015 election, but added that those behind the campaign were strictly on their own. The governor who tactically avoided making categorical statement on his stance on 2015 , however, said he was undecided yet on 2015.

“I have never attended any political meeting on 2015,” he insisted. But he said his political opponents had always wanted him make a categorical statement concerning 2015, so that they could capitalise on that when he eventually takes decision to contest for any political position in 2015. On the ceding of some oil wells in Rivers to Bayesla State, the governor expressed satisfaction with the way the president was handling the matter, adding that he was told by the president, not to make public comments on the matter anymore.

He disclosed that 71 oil wells in Abonnema were about to be given to Bayelsa, adding that the move was halted, when the Kalabaris cried out. The governor also disclosed that 46 oil wells belonging to Rivers State, had just been given to Abia State.

“There is rumour that they want to emasculate Rivers people,” he alleged. Amaechi, who had been having running battles with civil servants over social welfare arrears being deducted from their salaries, said he had taken time to explain to them about the deductions, which included, the pension scheme. He, however, ordered that the deductions be halted, because of the forthcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, adding that it would continue in February 2013.

The governor also used the opportunity to explain some of the achievements recorded in the areas of education, agriculture, power , security, hosing, water, road construction, including the controversial monorail. He also used the opportunity to explain why he was still withholding the monthly allocations of three local government areas, namely, Ikwerre, Obio/Akpo and Eleme.

According to him, the affected local government chairmen failed to heed his advice to demolish illegal structures, which had been constituting nuisance in their domains.

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  1. Why are you disown people that love you? you do not need to do that. You do not need to gain competitive advantage.

  2. Y wuld such be wen his broda Jonathan has nt taken his stand yet, since he might stl want 2 go again. Besides, this is evn the chance for the Igbos, am evn urging Goodluck 2 take wise decision and vacate d seat 4 an easterner and u pple r already making foolish conteplation. We no go gree o. OBJ bewarned, against ur political engineering.

  3. Please Rotimi, Nigeria is not Rivers state (a carry go state). Learn from Your Master’s mistake. The days of Earthquake judgement from the supreme court is over .

  4. IN THE YEAR 2003, when BENUE STATE COMPANY PLC was pravitize. To DANGOTE GROUPS, ONLY 18% of our intitlement was paid 2 us, and the remaining 82% Of our intitlement was eaten by Dangote and the former governor of benue state Sen. Dr. GEORGE AKUME, IN Nov. 2003 we took Dangote and Akume to Fedral high court makurdi, in march. 2005, we won our case in fedral High court makurdi. 2006, The former Benue state Governor & Dangote took us to apple court in Jos, this is the 7th year now, the case is still in apple court in Jos, they keep on adjoining the case in court of appel for no reason, we are dying of hungry, we cant pay our house rent, hospital bill & phcn bill anymore, our children cant go to school anymore, We have lost about 59 of our members(the former staff of B.c.c plc) due to high blood presure, we work for the money & is our money..6yrs in Appel court now, nothing have been done about it. we dont have anybody 2 help us. Please somebody should Help us…Dangote is above Nigeria law

  5. Gov Amaechi should have made comment about the lecturers in UST whom he has withheld their salaries for speaking out against the imposition of his friend- Prof Fakae. His self-style of ruling the State is numbered.

  6. If gov Amechi is afraid let him stay but i think he is bein political but we dont need pdp rochars /fashioler is what nigeria need pls we need amechi rochers like in abia state eastern governors should come 4 our aid this an sos cal mostly Aba

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