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Rivers PDP Crisis: Amaechi’s Aide Resigns

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Obio/Akpor stakeholders back governor   ‘How I narrowly escaped death’
Ernest Chinwo

As the crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) deepens, the Special Assistant to Governor, Chibuike Amaechi on Conflict Resolution, Mr. Obinna Anyanwu, has resigned his appointment.

Anyanwu is the first member of Amaechi’s cabinet to resign since the crisis started last month.

The resignation came as some political stakeholders in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state declared their loyalty and support for Amaechi.

In a letter dated May 20, and addressed to Amaechi, Anyanwu said his resignation was informed by “recent political development in our great party of the PDP, the state chapter, and my father’s position as regard to his call for your resignation as the executive governor of the state.”

In the four-paragraph letter, copy of which was made available to THISDAY, Anyanwu said: “I wish to tender my resignation with immediate effect since it is only natural and incongruent to still remain in office.

“I, therefore, thank you very much for the opportunity you offered me to serve in your administration.

“My family and I will remain grateful to you. May God bless our great state.”
Obinna’s father and chieftain of PDP, Prince Emma Anyanwu, had on April 24 called on Amaechi to resign from office for his failure to manage the crisis in the state and for having lost control of the party.

The call, however, received knock from Amaechi’s supporters who said Anyanwu should have asked his son, Obinna, to resign first as an aide to Amaechi.
In a related development, some elders and political stakeholders in Obio/Akpor, in a summit in Port Harcourt last Sunday, said they had resolved to support Amaechi and commended him for his achievements in the state.

In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ikechi Chinwo, appealed to the opposition in the state to embrace the developmental changes of the Amaechi administration and operate within the rule of law.

He said: “We are here today for a simple reason; to tell our people, the Obio/Akpor people, that we are on course and that by the special grace of God, the changes that we are experiencing for the good of all of us will continue to take place because as we all know that what is constant in human society is change.

“The dynamism of nature, and the society dictates that there must be changes from time to time. It is left for us as human beings to expect these changes and to make very good use of them when they come. We are in a democratic society; we are not under any dictatorship. In a democracy, what is supreme is the rule of law, essentially when you have three distinct arms of government-the judiciary, the executive and the parliament. So what do we do in democracy? If you think or if you feel that your right has been infringed upon, you approach the court.”

In his speech, a former member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Collins Ordu, said the people of Obio/Akpor appreciated the state governor for the infrastructural development in the council area, but lamented that some representatives, by their actions, portrayed the people of the area as being ungrateful to the governor.

Ordu said: “Our representatives are trying to misrepresent Obio/Akpor. They are making us look like we are not grateful. It’s on record that Obio/Akpor as a local government area in Port Harcourt city, and in the state, with the highest number of infrastructural development being constructed by Amaechi.

“I stand to be corrected and our representatives are trying to make us look like we are not grateful. I want the people of Obio/Akpor to, in one loud voice, support and encourage  Amaechi that the people of Obio/Akpor are very grateful. We voted them in but they are not representing us. They are not giving the true picture of how the Obio/Akpor man feels. We are very happy, we are very grateful to Amaechi and we are behind him because he is a great leader.”

Chief of Staff of the state Government House, Mr. Tony Okocha, said the summit was to garner support for the governor.

Okocha said: “The essence of today’s event, summarily is to garner support for His Excellency the governor and also to preach the sermon of peace and decorum in Obio/Akpor local government area.

“You are aware of the invasion of Obio/Akpor local government council by the police, and each time you talk to the police, the police tell you they have orders from above and one is at a loss as to what order, who could have given that order.” You are also aware of the court order that compelled the police to leave the place and provide minimal security, you are aware of what followed immediately after they claimed to have left the place. So for us, we feel that the proper thing to do is to call our people together and tell them to be peaceful and remain law-abiding whilst we pursue the matter from all legal means.”
Earlier, the caretaker chairman of Obio/Akpor council, Hon. Chikaodi Dike, described Amaechi as a pacesetter, and reiterated the people’s support for the governor.

He said his caretaker government was strengthened in its resolve to provide quality leadership by the recent occurrences in the council.

Meanwhile, the state youth leader of Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI) and Chairman of the Mobilisation sub-committee of the PDP in the state, Prince Ehie Edison, has revealed how he narrowly escaped death last Friday, the eve of the thanksgiving service of the party in Port Harcourt.

The 33-year-old Edison, who hails from Ozochi community, Ahoada East Local Government Area, told journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday that he was trailed by five able-bodied young men when he left Port Harcourt Club last Friday after preparing the venue for the thanksgiving service that held Saturday.

According to him, the men attacked him with daggers, shot gun and machetes, and left him after they thought he was dead.

Article Credit: Thisday Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago

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