Against reports of a rising tension in Rivers state following allegations by the governor-elect, Nyesome Wike that the outgoing governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is slowing the transition process in the state, the latter has addressed the issue.
In a report published by Daily Post, Governor Amaechi dismissed rumours that he would not be handing over the reins of government on May 29 as he said that his administration was ready for the handover.
Amaechi wondered what he would be doing in office after May 29, noting that the entire cabinet has made ready their notes in preparation.
He said; “We are ready for handover unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the centre that is busy making new appointments and sacking people. They have refused to brief the Muhammadu Buhari Transition Team and All Progressives Congress, APC, is not screaming blue murder. Rather, the APC at the centre is meeting and planning and preparing for government”.
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Gov. Amaechi stated that rather than support democracy, the PDP has been busy doctoring election results and voter registers.
“Unfortunately in Rivers State, the PDP is busy doctoring election results, doctoring Voter Register as to cover their stolen mandate, and crying wolf to cover their mischief”, he said.
Amaechi who spoke through the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, added that whoever would take over from him has no reason to panic.
In a statement in Port Harcourt on Friday, Semenitari dismissed claims that the outgoing regime had shown no co-operation with the governor-elect.
“They stole the outcome of the April 11 election and gave no hoot; they declared their candidates winners with the criminal connivance of INEC and cared less about local, national and international opinion that what took place in Rivers state on April 11 was everything but an election. The more APC had pushed for electoral materials which are statutory demands of an electoral litigation, the farther PDP and INEC had kept it, and seemingly, they have had their way.
“So, they have all going for them. They have nothing to worry about. If and when Mr. Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike, will be sworn in, the issue of handover notes and other statutory briefings should not be any worry to him. Already Wike has as part of his transition team the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Renner Ikuru, who is Vice Chairman of the Rivers Stare Executive Council, and who is abreast of all projects and Programmes of the current administration, having chaired many sensitive state government committees as well as state cabinet meetings.
“After all, PDP has constituted Inauguration and Transition Committees, respectively”, Semenitari said.
She advised the PDP to learn from the APC which has not raised any hairs despite what are deliberate steps at the centre to provoke the party.
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“Governor Amaechi has not made any new appointment as he knows he is leaving office, unlike what PDP is doing at the centre. They are busy sacking and making appointments, functions that should be entirely left for the in-coming Administration. Provocative as it is, APC has rather, concerned itself with continued preparations to give Nigerians good governance. APC has refused to dance to PDP’s evil drumbeats, choosing to show maturity.
“Let PDP in Rivers state leave Governor Amaechi alone. He is a busy man and did not contest any elections. Governor Amaechi is known for committing his all into any worthy assignment or duty he is called to do. Having governed Rivers State for close to eight years, Amaechi cannot be happier that history and posterity will judge him fairly, a fact a million PDPs cannot obliterate”.
This statement by Governor Amaechi comes after Chief Nyesom Wike said that nothing can stop his inauguration, even the absence of a substantive chief judge in the state, on May 29.