The Presidency, Wednesday, flayed the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) for calling for the resignation of President Goodluck Jonathan over the crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly, saying the call was a flawed position by the opposition party.
According to the Presidency, Mr. Jonathan’s hands are clean as far as the Rivers State political crisis is concerned just as it stressed that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was too small politically for the President to engage him in a fight.
Making the Presidency’s position known in the wake of the Rivers Assembly crisis and the subsequent threat to peace in the state, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, while speaking with newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, gave a number of factors that could be responsible for Mr. Amaechi’s woes.
He said, “The President has no hand in what is happening in the state. The President is not fighting Amaechi. He (the governor) is too small an entity for the President to fight.
“That (fight) has not happened; it cannot happen and it will not happen. What is going on in the state is the reaction of the people and maybe they are not happy because of his disposition to the President or the Presidency or his party (the Peoples Democratic Party).”
On ACN’s call for the President’s impeachment, Okupe described it as “another condemnable, extremist and fundamentally flawed position by the opposition party.”
He added, “For the avoidance of doubt and at the risk of repetitiveness, we wish to state categorically that in spite of what the ACN will want the Nigerian people to believe, President Jonathan is absolutely unconnected and definitely not involved in the political crisis that seemed to have engulfed Rivers State in recent times.
“The President is not, has not and will never engineer any act that can cause disaffection between Governor Amaechi or any other governor and the state legislature or any other institution of government.”