A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has identified the the art of betraying the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, by those supposedly close to him as the new money spinner in Rivers State politics.
Chief Eze, who disclosed this in a new statement he released to journalists in the South-South on Monday, also said those who had made this new trend their business are those who had benefitted most from the kindness and leverages streaming from the Minister, who is also a former governor of the oil-rich Rivers State.
“In the politics of today, particularly in Rivers State, the trending strategy for one to make it big and gain popularity is to gather a few of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi’s allies and commission them for the special task of casting aspersions on the Hon. Minister, with the aim of sullying and robbing dirt on his image and bringing him to public odium.
“These folks will gladly fall prey, notwithstanding the stresses and strains Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi may have gone through to nurture them in the power game.
“This is the new industry in the politics of the oil-rich Niger Delta State and it is called the Pull Amaechi Down (PAD) Industry. Those that belong to this category can be described as not just mere allies, but key holders of the Minister’s empowerment boardroom”, he lamented.
Drawing reference from the recent legal hurdle placed against the planned conduct of congresses for the Rivers State chapter of the APC by Hon. Igo Aguma, an erstwhile ally of Hon. Amaechi, Eze lamented that those who should owe their entire lives to the Minister, because of what he has singlehandedly made out of them, are the ones now being used by enemies within and outside, to cast dirt on him.
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Chief Eze, a former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), said The history of this Pull Amaechi Down political concept is traceable to its proponent and incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, who did not just nurture the idea, but made it viable, lucrative and attractive to those who share similar sense of sabotage, hiding under the masthead of loyalty to do mischief.
Chief Eze said Nyesom Wike belongs to the class of politicians heavily empowered by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi who defied several warnings by those conversant with the antecedents of the Obio/Akpor-born politician.
“He influenced his reappointment as the Executive Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government Area and thereafter made him the most powerful Chief of Staff ever in Nigeria. Rotimi Amaechi further nominated him against the wish of Dr. Jonathan Goodluck, then President of Nigeria, as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Alas! today, Ezebunwo, in his spirit of ingratitude, is one of those ready to do anything to ensure that Amaechi is pulled down to the mud. What a sad report!!
“The party chief said, Senator Magnus Abe, envious of Wike’s exploit through the pull Amaechi down concept, embraced the idea and began an aggressive combat to hunt down Rt. Hon. Amaechi. Senator Abe had on several fora confessed that he remains the highest political investment of Amaechi.
“True enough, Amaechi made him Minority Leader of the State Assembly and imposed him on the administration of Sir Peter Odili as Commissioner for Information, after which he (Amaechi) appointed him the most powerful Secretary to the Rivets State Government, contrary and totally against the wish of his Ogoni kismen. Chibuike Amaechi, further imposed him as a two-time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is worrisome to men of conscience to learn that today, Senator Abe finds pleasure in this new industry.
“Not only did he frustrate the chances of the APC clinching victory at the 2019 polls, he denied Rivers people the opportunity of instituting good governance and the result is the mal adminstration Rivers people suffer today.
On Igochukwu Aguma, Chief Eze said, “he saw this new industry so rewarding and quickly commissioned himself to a fight against a man who had done him no wrong. It might interest the world to know that Hon. Igo Aguma was forced on the Peter Odili’s administration by Amaechi as Commissioner, replacing his elder brother, Chinwe Aguma earlier pencilled down as a Commissioner nominee and thereafter, Amaechi saw to his nomination and election as a two-time member of the Federal House of Representatives.
“Igo Aguma was also charged with the power of approving who will be empowered and awarded a contract in Amaechi’s government. It pricks the conscience to learn that Igochukwu Aguma has conscripted himself into the group of unconscious and conscienceless mortals, who derive pleasure in the sufferings of Rivers people”, he said.
Eze foresees many of other Amaechi allies who are currently on the sideline not ready to condemn all that are happening to Amaechi are preparing themselves for their own inglorious outing by 2020 while ensuring that those who are honest and committed to the vision of Amaechi for a better Rivers State and Nigeria are weakened and not empowered so that they will join them in their devilish plot but surely they will gather but not in the name of our God and they will scatter in a way that they will be confused.
While expressing confidence that all the plots to pull down Amaechi will be brought to naught, Eze encouraged committed members of Rivers State APC to remain calm and be a bit more patient, stressing that the party will only emerge stronger.
He counselled those desperate to smear Amaechi and destroy the Rivers APC to be weary of their desperation, stating that a thousand years of history cannot be erased so easily and urged politicians to be disciplined in their actions for the sake of posterity.
The party bigwig reemphasized that, to disgrace Amaechi out of a party he gave his ‘all’ to build, is a task that can never be achieved unless the God of justice is no longer in operation.
Eze commended his brother and friend Chief Allwell Onyesoh, a pillar behind Abe’s revolt, for accepting that it is time for them in Abe’s Group to move to another political platform.
According to Eze, Onyesoh had said “If we, too, after so much and nothing is happening, decide to move, that won’t make us bad people. If we can no longer organise ourselves and the powers-that-be are not helping matters, we will look at those who are organised if we must continue to play the game. There will be realignment of forces”. This tallies with the position of Senator Magnus Abe who publicly stated that they will be joining Wike who is better organised and have solutions to his group’s plight.
Eze, however encouraged the politician and his acolytes, saying “as we expect them to move to their better organised platform, I appeal to them to do that peacefully and allow APC to have peace and forge ahead accordingly”.