A Rivers' leading socio-political organisation, the Rivers’ Peoples Forum (RPF), stated the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was behind the many political troubles of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, and thus will be held responsible, should any harm happen to Amaechi.
The RPF president, Charles Bekwele, after an executive meeting in Port Harcourt on Saturday condemned Thursday's police blockade of the Forces Avenue, the road leading to the Government House, with the governor’s convoy forced to take a longer route.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), however, denied the claims saying the allegation was a calculated ploy supported by a fabricated video footage to further smear the name of the Police Commissioner Mbu Joseph Mbu whose removal from the state Amaechi has continued to demand.
In a statement issued by Jerry Needam, PDP Special Adviser on media to the State Chairman Felix Obuah, said Rivers' governor “in his usual characteristic only intended to win public sympathy as there was no reason for his choice of that route at the period when there are several access roads, some of which are direct and smoother leading to the Government House.”
But RPF, however, insisted that, “This current attack on the office and person of the Governor of Rivers State is one attack too many. They have grounded the official plane of the Rivers State Government. They have withdrawn some of Amaechi’s security aides, thereby exposing the governor to harm and danger. All these are being orchestrated by certain interests within the Presidency.”
The Forum explained the 'attacks' of the Presidency on Amaechi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), by the fear that Rivers' Governor will not support Jonathan re-election in 2015 general ballot.
It urged the Nigerians and the international community to be alert, saying, “if any harm befalls Governor Amaechi, the Presidency should be held responsible.”
"We are not in a military dictatorship"
RPF also reminded that "We are not in a military dictatorship, a jackboot regime," and described the actions of the Jonathan's administration as "totally irresponsible, repressive, undemocratic, tyrannical and condemnable."
"These interests in the Presidency must be told in clear terms that the country does not belong to the Presidency, but to all of us in the federation. The Presidency must stop using the police, the aviation ministry and any other institution or agency of state to harass and attack Amaechi,” the Forum added.
It will be recall, that a police detachment in Port Harcourt has prevented the convoy of Amaechi from using one of the two entrances to the government house on Thursday, September 14.