*Congratulates 25 defecting lawmakers
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, wishes to reassure party faithful, the good people of Rivers State and all progressives across the country that the job of the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, remains very much safe. This reassurance becomes necessary in view of the apprehension in some quarters following Wednesday’s confirmation by APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that Rt. Hon. Amaechi is one of the five APC Governors penciled down by the Presidency to be impeached before the 2015 elections – others being the Governors of Adamawa (already impeached), Nasarawa, Edo and Borno.
We are confident that God will not allow the evil machinations of the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to materialise. In the specific case of Rivers State, we are sure that God who has protected Amaechi all these years will surely see him through to the end of his tenure. Having said this, one thing going for Amaechi is that having spent eight good years as Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and four years as the Leader of the Speakers’ Forum in Nigeria, he is in a better position to understand legislative power games. We should also appreciate the fact that apart from politics, most of the members of the House are Amaechi’s colleagues and political associates who are too principled to sell out at this crucial time.
Amaechi and all the Lawmakers in Rivers State have indeed come a long way! These Lawmakers and Amaechi share the same political fate. They were all members of PDP and were all suspended from the party and forced to join APC. The Lawmakers are all victims of PDP’s brutality and high-handedness. Amaechi and the G25 Lawmakers detest evil, greed and politics without principle, which are the hallmarks of Nyesome Wike’s G6 Lawmakers.
Not to be overlooked is Amaechi’s feats in Education, Health, Agriculture, provision quality roads and making Port Harcourt the World Book Capital. All these have conferred on him an international stature and any mad step to impeach him for any unholy reason will attract the ire of the international community.
We make bold to say that Rivers APC Lawmakers are not only progressives and God-fearing democrats but, most importantly, true sons of Rivers State who will not join enemies of Rivers State who have ceded our oil wells to Bayelsa, Abia and Akwa Ibom states to cause any confusion in the State. These enemies of democracy have demonstrated their hatred for our Governor and the State and it is our duty to ensure that they don’t come in here to scuttle all that Governor Amaechi has achieved for Rivers State and her people.
In conclusion, we are pleased to congratulate the PDP 25 Lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly who recently declared for APC. By so doing, they have proved and demonstrated that they are true progressives who are resolutely committed towards an egalitarian, virile and vibrant Rivers State. With this development, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Amachree, Deputy Speaker, Hon Barr. Leyii Kwanee, Majority Leader, Hon Barr Chidi Llyod, Deputy Leader, Hon Ewor Nname Robinson, Acting Chief Whip, Hon. Irene M. Inimgba and others, APC now enjoys an overwhelming majority in the Rivers State House of Assembly. With the rejection of PDP by the Rivers State people, the Hon. Evans Bipi-led G6 renegade lawmakers should read the handwriting on the wall and follow the good example of the majority lawmakers before it is too late.