The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described public declarations by the outgoing governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi as treasonable.
“Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s call to form a parallel government if the All Progressives Congress, APC loses the general elections and his call on soldiers to protest, are calls to arms, incitement at best from one who is the chief security officer of a State,” a statement by the party read.
“He cannot incite Nigerians, the military and security agencies to take up arms against the country at the twilight of his wasteful regime and we sit and watch him undermine the federal government and continue to provide aid and comfort to enemies of Nigeria.
“Governor Amaechi had at several fora urged to take up arms against the police.
“Amaechi is a security risk in Nigeria and should be made to face the law.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has however described the ‘threat’ as totally unacceptable.
“We have every reason to be worried about the safety of our dear Governor in view of the lessons of history, especially with regard to the late Chief MKO Abiola, who was unjustifiably detained, only to die under mysterious circumstances while in government custody. We are, therefore, reluctant to dismiss reports in various media outlets suggestive of a threat to the life of Governor Amaechi in connection with his current assignment as Director General of General Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation,” Rivers APC said in a statement issued Friday in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
The party also condemn strongly, the threat issued to Amaechi on Monday by the Department of State Security (DSS), which described Amaechi’s recent allegation of corruption in the Nigerian military as inciting and unguarded.
“This is nothing but an attempt to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. There is nothing inciting, unguarded or treasonable in Governor Amaechi’s statement.
“The governor, while expressing his views on the factors militating against the success of the Federal Government’s war against Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country, blamed the challenges on corruption in the military hierarchy and not on inadequate funding as the public is made to believe. It is unfortunate that, rather than accept the challenge of fighting corruption, the Federal Government has chosen to ignore the message and go after the messenger,” Rivers APC said.
The party therefore warned that nothing must happen to Amaechi for patriotically exercising his freedom of speech as a citizen of Nigeria in line with the Constitution of the country.
“We understand why the sinking PDP-controlled Presidency is resorting to intimidation as it has read the handwriting on the wall in the countdown to the 2015 presidential polls. We, however, wish to make it clear that both Gov Amaechi and his supporters will not be cowed but remain resolute in leading the struggle to uproot PDP from the Aso Presidential Villa as the first step towards salvaging Nigeria from the doldrums occasioned by the inept 16-year maladministration of PDP,” Rivers APC said