2023: Zoning Rivers APC Guber Slot to the Riverine is Fair, Equitable

…Says Vilifying Amaechi is Arrant Ignorance as Amaechi didn’t say anything new

Chieftain of the APC, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has said the restatement of the Minister of Transportation and South-South Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, of his position to support the emergence of a Rivers Governor from the riverine communities in the 2023 elections, and Minister’s resolve is on the standpoint of equity, reflects the principle of fundamental fairness and justice which are the basic axioms upon which the foundation of the All Progressives Congress is anchored.

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In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Chief Eze expressed disappointment over comments credited to those fanning the embers of sectionalism in a multiethnic and sophisticated society as Rivers State, describing their contention as grossly offensive to the senses and a sinister ravings of an imagination gone berserk.

“I have read series of interpretations and reactions especially, from former Rivers South/East Senator, Magnus Abe, and a few other politicians and commentators, on the comment credited to the South South Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC and Nigeria’s performing Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, on the zoning of the 2023 Governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress, to the riverine area of Rivers State and have been finding it difficult to understand the rationale behind those careless arguments, as I wonder if some of these commentators have been following the policies and actions of the APC, since its inception in 2014 or they are just trying to be funny or mischievous” Eze said.

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Recall that the Honourable Minister of Transportation and South/South Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, while addressing a gathering of APC members in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State, tasked supporters to unite towards achieving the fair and equitable result of a riverine Governor in the 2023 general elections in recognition and honor of the upland/riverine dichotomy.

Sen. Abe in his reaction to Rotimi Amechi statement had said: “when the Minister was speaking in Ogu/Bolo a few days ago that the 2023 Governorship position in APC has been zoned to the riverine, he was not speaking for all of us. He was only speaking for himself; attempting to set the riverine LGAs against the rest of the state….the party has not even concluded with the membership registration. We have no Ward Chairmen, yet they are already zoning governorship.

“It is an action that will lead to another doom of failure if they toe that path again …Amaechi does not have right to zone-out any ethnic group and zone-in another”.

Irked to Sen. Abe’s statement, the party Chief said it pricks the conscience to hear the former Lawmaker and trained Lawyer adulterate and misrepresent facts to suit his argument without regard to the ultimate goal of ensuring that justice is served and manifestly too, in every matter, noting that it is untoward and a sheer display of arrant ignorance for Abe to corrupt his conscience against the known tenets on which the APC is built.

In a concise account of the power sharing formula between the upland/riverine areas since 1999, the party stalwart said critical stakeholders in the likes of Alabo Graham-Douglas, who stands as the only Rivers man to be appointed thrice a Minster, late Chief Marshall Harry, Mr. Henry Mac-Pepple and other great Riverine political leaders, who were the real power brokers in the politics of Rivers State then, resolved, considered and funded the campaign of Dr. Peter Odili (upland), from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, who was elected and re-elected Governor in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He led the State till 2007 and thereafter, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (upland), from Ikwerre Local Government Area took over the reigns of power and governed the state for two terms of eight years from 2007 to 2016.

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The end of Dr. Odili’s (upland) tenure would have ordinarily marked the beginning of the administration of a Governor from the riverine, however, divine providence shone on Amaechi and by God’s direction, he was enthroned to lead and to the service and pride of the people, he led.

Nonetheless, and in line with popular demand, one would have loved to see a riverine succeed Amaechi, to balance the vacuum created in the sharing formula, but strife and animosity on the side of the then President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Dame Patience Jonathan who are both from the Riverine communities of Bayelsa and Rivers states, led to the very unfortunate emergence of Nyesom Wike from Obio/Akpor another upland LGA of the State who by 2023 would have governed the State for another eight years, thereby making the Upland to govern Rivers State for a Whooping 24 years to the determinant of the Riverine Section of the State, what an injustice and wickedness.

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The party Chief said it is simply annoying, listening to the arguments preferred by Abe and his circle on the APC zoning her 2023 gubernatorial slot to Riverine Area which Amaechi only reemphasized and didn’t make statement that is new.

Eze expressed sadness that political leaders from the Riverine Leaders are not doing much to bring this strategy to be actualized, but counsels them that now that it has become imperative that the Riverine Area will be producing the next Governor of Rivers State it is expected that the interested Political Leaders of this area should unite and come out with a strong and acceptable Leader that will fly the flag of the party during the 2023 general elections. As much as the leaders of this area should be thankful to the party for this spirit they should work very hard and liaise with other sections of the State to actualize this dream.

Chief Eze called for a more aggressive sensitization and mobilization of citizens across the 319 wards of Rivers State for the exercise, stressing that the project of a riverine Governor come 2023 is the business of Rivers people and not just APC’s.

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