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The attention of the Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has been drawn to a press statement by the Chairman of Rivers State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah and signed by his media aide, Jerry Needam claiming that the recently convened Niger Delta Stakeholders Engagement Meeting under the auspices of The Initiative for Peace, Governance and Development of the Niger Delta was a platform for the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to burnish his political agenda.

Ordinarily, the temptation is to ignore this PDP basket of deplorables who delight themselves with all manner of obscene immoderation every now and then. However, it is important to protect innocent Rivers people and Nigerians from the malevolent propaganda these diminished characters shamelessly place in public domain by rolling back their mischief with discreet facts.

A cursory reading of the PDP statement reveals an incoherent and disjointed write-up that can only come from authors who so urgently require medical look in by the best hands that can be found around here.

The few issues that can be pieced together from the statement point to the fact that Felix Obuah and the PDP in Rivers State are still hurting from the exit of former President Jonathan form power. The APC would like to advise the PDP people to take another look at the national voting demographics of 2015 elections and it will dawn on them that nothing [including massively rigged votes from Rivers State] would have saved the former President from defeat.

Much more than that, the statement, in some ways, underscores the nexus between the hurting of 2015 election to wailing wailers, the spate of destruction of oil installations by the Avengers and other restive youths in the Niger Delta and the recent blowing up of Shell trunk line to Bonny export Terminal. Little wonder the PDP in Rivers State fails to see the need for peace which the Abuja meeting was meant to bring about in the Niger Delta. Is anyone still wondering those behind the ongoing bombing and bursting of pipelines in the Niger Delta?

The only other issue that can be deduced from the infantile 7-paragraph statement makes reference to betrayal of the Niger Delta by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi because the latter joined the APC and contributed his bit to the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

It is sad that an individual that sold his soul to Satan and connived with Nyesom Wike to steal a political party structure in broad daylight could muster the courage to talk about betrayal. What betrayal can be more than that exhibited by a man that was shot and left to die but was rescued and flown abroad to save his life and the same man turned around later to bite the hand that God used to save him? Indeed, Felix Obuah should not forget to tell his children the true story of his miserable life.

For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known to all that Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as governor of Rivers State never had differences with former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan over personal matters. Whether on the vexed issue of NLNG Train 7 which the former President refused to approve or the matter of Soku Oil Wells and others that were taken and handed to Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Abia States and many other touchy issues, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was only driven by the Oath of Office he took to protect lives and property of Rivers people as governor. No more!

If really the issue is about betrayal, it was indeed former President Goodluck Jonathan that betrayed Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers people and Niger Deltans. His betrayal is typified by the state of the East West Road during his administration, the Bomu-Bonny Road, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Soku Oil Wells, refusal to refund N105billion spent on Federal Roads by the Rivers State Government and many other issues too numerous to be listed here.

On the ridiculous reference to Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi’s supposed ambition for 2019, such contemplation only exists in the terribly deluded mind and helplessly battered imagination of Felix Obuah and his cohorts. Rt. Hon. Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi does not harbour nor has he told anyone that he is nursing any political ambition come 2019. That is not how the Minister is wired politically.

The APC wishes to advise Felix Obuah and the PDP to find a more meritorious past time to engage themselves in and subdue the cheap craving to drag an innocent man down – a task that is clearly beyond their station and reach.

Chris Finebone
State Publicity Secretary
Wed, September 28, 2016