Lagos – The Rivers State Chapter of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) has made what it believes is a strong case for the
immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, to be among the few who
should be given special consideration by the Senate during the screening of
The party’s chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, speaking
Port Harcourt, commended the Senate for the decision to be thorough in the
forthcoming screening exercise but appealed to it not to totally discard the
tradition of asking deserving ones to take a bow and go.
“We wish to respectfully appeal to the Distinguished
Senate to put Rt. Hon. Amaechi on the list of nominees to be honoured with
the ‘bow and go’
The tradition because he is a distinguished former lawmaker
and, indeed, the only Nigerian who apart from being the Speaker of a State
House of Assembly for eight years from 1999 to 2007, but also meritoriously
served as Chairman of the Nigerian Speakers Forum, thereby greatly contributing
to the legislative evolution of Nigeria,” Rivers APC said.
The party also pointed out Amaechi as one of the few
Nigerians who have enjoyed the privilege of being elected Governor of a State
for two consecutive terms and is the only Nigerian who has served for two terms
as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
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"Based on the above facts coupled with the
revolutionary leadership of Amaechi during his eight golden years in Rivers
State that stands him as the best Governor that ever governed the State, we
appeal to the Senate to ignore the ranting an ramblings of the drowning
Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, whose frustration stems from the fact
that Amaechi led the battle that ousted the evil administration of Dr. Goodluck
Jonathan,” said Ikanya.
“We equally appeal to ignore the misguided petitions by
Senator George Sekibo and his co travellers and accord Amaechi his due respect
as a great and patriotic Nigerian by allowing him to take a bow and go during
the screening exercise," Ikanya said.
He said in addition, Amaechi’s great sacrifices that
helped to bring about the present change in the country were well known and had
been widely acknowledged by people from various walks of life.
“We are confident that our great Senators will
follow suit by asking this patriotic Nigerian whose love for a strong, virile
and united Nigeria is infectious to take a bow and go when he appears before
them in the days ahead.”
- CAJ News