A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze revealed that the three senators from Rivers State disappointed Governor Nyesom Wike after he allegedly paid them N2 billion to disqualify the immediate past Governor of the State, Chibuike Amaechi.
Concise News learned that Eze made this known in a statement where he lauded the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan for acknowledging Amaechi as a former two-time Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and Chairman of Nigerian Conference of Speakers’ Forum.
The three Senators from the state are: Senator George Thompson Sekibo representing the Eastern Senatorial District; Senator Betty Apiafi representing the Rivers West senatorial district; and Senator Barinada Mpigi of Rivers South-East Senatorial district
Eze, who was the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), commended the Senators for distancing themselves from the N2 billion plot by functionaries of the Rivers state government, led by Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Magnus Abe, to stand against the nomination of Amaechi and embarrass him during the screening process.
He said: “Distinguished senators have shown character by their comportment on the floor of the senate and reported pre-meeting with the former minister ahead of the screening exercise.
”From what I gathered, the senators had a meeting with him before the screening started, which indicates that they are not part of the conspiracy being plotted by Chief Wike and former Senator Abe to embarrass their benefactor on the floor of the Senate and ultimately nullify his nomination.
“I believe that Senator Abaribe, who spoke on behalf of the Rivers Caucus, suing for peace in the politics of our dear state, also deserves commendation for the role of a peacemaker he played. He showed that politics is about development, which will not come without a peaceful atmosphere.”
Eze further said: ”Therefore, I commend the three senators for showing solidarity to Amaechi who, by every means, is the authentic leader of politics in Rivers state and I urge Wike and Abe to emulate the three senators in order to move the State forward peacefully.
“I also urge Wike and Abe to sheath their swords and cease all instruments of media war and propaganda and allow peace to prevail in the politics of Rivers state so that collectively we can rebuild and recover the State from its present sad, parlous and pitiable condition. Like they say peace if priceless, terror is senseless.”
Eze also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his love and solidarity to the APC leader in the South-South region of Nigeria, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi by renominating him as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and urged him to post him back to the Ministry of Transportation to enable him to accomplish the revolution he has started.
He reassured Nigerians that the second coming of Amaechi as a Minister will enable him to showcase in another level what leadership is all about.