- AAC governorship candidate in Rivers state, Biokpomabo Awara, has denied allegation made by his former running mate, Akpo Bomba Yeeh
- Yeeh had on Sunday, March 24, accused Rotimi Amaechi and the APC of forcing him to sign resignation letter
- Awara said all the accusations against the APC and Ameachi by Yeeh are blatant lies poorly crafted by his paymaster and associates
The governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, has lambasted his former running mate, Akpo Bomba Yeeh, for alleging that he was forced to sign resignation letters by the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Guardian reports that Awara also berated Yeeh for defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) even as the governorship election in the state has not been concluded.
Legit.ng gathered that he dismissed all the allegations against the minister as false, stating that Amaechi and the APC offered him and his party unconditional support, owing to their shared ideology and love for Rivers state and its people.
Awara dismissed his running mate’s ‘compromising’ actions as pathetic, claiming that he had himself been offered N3 billion to drop his ambition, but he rejected it and his deputy was aware.
He said: “I was convinced that we were in agreement because he neither expressed nor alluded to a difference in opinion on the matter. When the rumour became rife by Sunday, I made several attempts to reach my deputy without success. I started developing some strange feelings pointing to a possible sell-out by him.
"I am aware that a key component of their plot is to attempt to smear the towering image and figure of the Honourable minister of transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
"I want to state categorically that all the accusations made by my running mate against the Honourable minister are blatant lies poorly crafted by his paymaster and associates, and you could see how tough it was for him to read the script handed to him."
He said the alliance between AAC and APC for the governorship election was as a result of their shared love for the state and the shared vision to liberate Rivers state from the shackles of cultism, rapidly growing poverty in the hands of the PDP administration.
Awara said one of the reasons he picked Yeeh as his running mate was because of the long running relationship between the Ogoni and Kalabari people, dating back to pre-independence.
He noted that he chose him because he saw a fatherly figure and capacity in him that could benefit Rivers youths, adding that, "I personally saw our joint ticket as Obama/Joe Biden ticket."
According to him, the party remains focused on liberating Rivers people from the PDP led-administration.
Awara has also officially filed a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against its Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers state, Obo Effanga.
He said: “My party and all well-meaning citizens of Rivers state are dissatisfied with the gross incompetence of the REC and INEC’s decision to continue with the suspended electoral process, as it is clearly not a fair or transparent process.
“We are concerned about the looming electoral crises unfolding in Rivers state and this may most likely result in a breakdown of law and order, destruction of property and loss of lives.
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“We demand for the removal of the REC and all the heads of department at INEC Rivers State as it is clear that they and indeed most of the Rivers INEC ad hoc staff have all been compromised and cannot be trusted to regulate and superintend the conduct of credible elections in Rivers state."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, the Rivers state deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), defected to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
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