In an apparent bid to spite Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the Rivers state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ‘congratulated’ the governor for losing out in his bid to be the running mate of his party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria Bulletin reports.
In a statement released yesterday by the PDP, the party said: “The PDP is excited that Amaechi has been confirmed as a serial loser who lacks the capacity to win any competitive contest and can only excel in incivility and loose tongues”
The PDP also accused the governor of spending billions of the state money in lobbying for his party’s VP ticket at the expense of the needs of Rivers people.
“The outgoing Governor Rotimi Amaechi plans to empty the State treasury and also debit the upcoming Government with huge debts that will take the life span of his successor administration to upset.
“One of such plans, the PDP can authoritatively reveal is the recent directive by Governor Amaechi to the Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas, whose tenure in office has elapsed to access bank loans to the tune of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000.00)”.
“The loan, the Party reliably gathered, would be used to fund this year’s cultural Festival, here referred to as ‘CANIRIV’ and as Christmas package and freebies for members of the All Progressives Congress in the various LGAs and fun APC campaigns”
“The PDP condemns in its entirety what it describes as criminal and unpatriotic of Governor Amaechi and all those aiding him to commit such financial fraud on Rivers People”, PDP said.
“It has also been established that the outgoing Rivers State Governor is today a leading financier of Gen Buhari’s Presidential campaign, as billions of Rivers money were used in organising Buhari’s campaign tours and travels as well as major events of the APC in and outside the State, including the protest march in Abuja and the National Convention in Lagos”
“Considering the economic and social implications these reckless and fraudulent financial activities of Governor Amaechi portend on the State and people after the life of this administration, the PDP believes it is time to act rather than remaining mute over an avoidable calamitous situation in the State”.
“It is in the light of this that the PDP urges all anti graft agencies to urgently save Rivers State and the people from impending collapse in 2015, after Governor Amaechi has left office. The Party also warns all financial bodies, including Banks and other lending institutions, not to honour any further applications for loans or borrowing arrangement by the Rivers State government under Governor Amaechi or any of its agencies, as such financial transactions will not be respected by the incoming Government in the State”, the party added.
It will be recalled that Amaechi had described the emergence of Gen Muhammadu Buhari as the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as representing the emancipation of Nigerians from the shackles of the ruling PDP.