The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted with joy to the news of the nomination of the immediate past governor of the State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a Minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as a fitting independence anniversary gift by the Nigerian leader to Rivers State and her people. A statement signed by the State Party Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and issued Tuesday in Port Harcourt said:
“With the listing, today, of Rt. Hon. Amaechi as a ministerial nominee despite all the manipulations, witch-hunting and other evil plots by Chief Nyesom Wike and his cohorts, we are elated that, once more, good has prevailed over evil, God over devil, Amaechi over wicked Wike, light over darkness, patriotism over nepotism. By this singular act, President Muhammadu Buhari has not only given us the best 55th independence anniversary gift but has also liberated Rivers State from the shackles of a despotic and demonic clique that thought that by propaganda that they could rewrite the history of Rivers State and run down a man whose love for the development and emancipation of Rivers State and Nigeria is infectious. President Buhari has proven that he is not only a man of honour, integrity and principle but also a man who cherishes and promotes friendship and patriotism. We are proud that Buhari did not allow the propaganda by Wike and his cohorts to sway him from the fact that Amaechi is a man that he can trust any day and anytime.”
Rivers APC assured President Buhari that Amaechi will not only bring honour to his administration but will also work very hard to make his administration one of the best ever in the annals of Nigeria’s history. “As we congratulate Amaechi, we urge him to be steadfast in his drive for a better Nigeria by giving out his best as the failure of the Buhari administration will be blamed on him in view of the risks and sacrifices he made in bringing the APC government to birth.
We thank General Olusegun Obasanjo, Bola Tinubu, General TY Danjuma and all the great minds that ensured that the plots of evil men never prevailed in the appointment of Amaechi as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as his non-appointment would have discouraged most Nigerians from working hard to unseat n non-performing government headed by their kinsman,” Rivers APC said.
The party urged Chief Wike to actualise his threat to commit suicide if Amaechi is made a Minister. “Wike, the Caretaker Governor of Rivers State, was so sure that Amaechi would not be so appointed when he boasted to his inner caucus that based on his groundwork Amaechi would never be on the ministerial list. So sure was Wike that he vowed that if for any reason Amaechi was appointed a minister he (Wike) would commit suicide. We expect him to act according to his vow but before he commits suicide let him first refund all the Rivers State billions of naira wasted in the persecution of a man who brought him into political limelight and whom he is hounding for no sane reason,” Rivers APC said.