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PDP lashes Amaechi over choice of successor

04 June 2014, 14:03

Rivers - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) denounced plans by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Ameachi, to resist any governorship candidate from his Ikwerre ethnic group in next year’s general election.

The Rivers State Chapter of the ruling party described the alleged plans as “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.”

The governor is reported to have said he believed the governorship ticket should be zoned to other ethnic regions.

The PDP said it viewed such public declaration by the governor, who is expected to always exhibit decorum and disposition to maintain peace and protect lives and property in the state, as a sign of lacking in ability and capacity to continue in governance in a multi- ethnic state like Rivers State.

The party said it was worried that Amaechi, who it said during his first tenure enjoyed the support and acceptance of people from all ethnic nationalities, including his Ikwerre kith and kin, could be so “forgetful”
and “hard-hearted” to take such “illogical” stance, even when he “has nothing to show to the people as his development efforts in the area.”

“PDP wonders why Governor Amaechi has continued to act revolutionarily to incite the people against federal authorities, the President and other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in the State and at the national level,” the PDD stated.

“Governor Amaechi’s statement to us, does not only indicate his personal position, but goes further to expose his resolve to sponsor violence using the recently released militants and cultists in the State as mercenaries and thugs in the 2015 elections.”
It therefore called on the people of the state and the law enforcement agencies to hold the All Progressives Congress politician responsible for any breakdown of law and order as well as possible violence in the coming elections.

– CAJ News

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