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Amaechi’s Ranting and the Negativity of Treachery 

By Simeon Nwakaudu
When the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) declared the winner of the Rivers State Governorship Election on April 3, 2019, our principal, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike gave a clear-cut directive. This is a period of peace. It is a time for all Rivers people to work towards reconciliation and development.
 As such, the continuous x-ray  of the negative aspects of that election, took back stage. Different leaders of the state resolved to work for the good of the state and the development process.
On Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 we woke to a treacherous  outing by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi on Channels Television.  Appearing  on Channels Television Syunrise Daily, Amaechi attempted in futility to change  the facts of the 2019 Governorship Election  in Rivers State.  Using concocted stories, he attempted unsuccessfully  to rubbish  the good people of Rivers State and their re-elected  Governor.
On that ill-fated appearance, Amaechi  danced on the graves of Rivers people killed by the Nigerian Army during  the Rivers State Governorship election.  Quite unfortunately, Amaechi claimed that nobody died during the said Governorship Election.
He justified the Abonnema killings by the Nigerian Army and declared  General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarham, his personal hero.

The Medium is the message. The medium plays a key role in holding public officials  accountable.  Therefore, it was wrong for Channels Television crew to allow Amaechi get away with misinformation, when they have all the relevant visuals.

Channels TV watched Amaechi lie on campaigns when they were one of the key media houses that covered Wike on campaigns. Wike Campaigned in all the 23 Local Government Areas, aside direct project visits.

In some instances, Wike visited wards.
Aside Governor Wike, the Rivers PDP Campaign team campaigned in all the 4442 polling units. The Governor’s ‘Deliver Your Unit’ strategy ensured that PDP campaign teams campaigned directly in all the polling  units.

It is rather unfortunate that Amaechi would say nobody was killed during the Governorship election in Rivers.  The Channels crew kept quiet and forgot that they reported the Murder of Dr. Ferry Gberegbe at the Bori Governorship collation centre by F-SARS.

Channels Television forgot that they reported when the Governor paid a condolence visit to the Gberegbe family. Dr. Gberegbe was a Collation Agent of the PDP and was killed protecting votes. In that collation centre, several persons were killed.

Amaechi as usual, was clever by half when he pretended not to know the reason behind the suspension of collation of results .

INEC was clear on the matter. They stated that voting had been concluded in all the polling units,  but operatives of the Nigerian Army worked to subvert the process.

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) in Rivers State  accused military and police personnel  of placing the Rivers State INEC office under siege. The INEC  in Rivers State further declared  that the military and police personnel  are illegally  screening Collation Officers  , thereby  obstructing the Collation process for the Rivers  State Governorship Election.

The Head of INEC  Department of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Edwin Enabo  made the declaration  in an interview  with  newsmen  on Sunday, March 10, 2019   at the INEC Headquarters in Port Harcourt.

He said: “The INEC office is under siege by men in army uniforms,  uniforms  of the Air Force and police who have taken over. They are stopping and screening people. They are clearing  results before they  enter the office to the extent  that uptill  now no Collation  has been done”.

The entire world watched in shock as soldiers raided the INEC Governorship collection centre in an attempt to manipulate the process.

Channels Television also broadcast the invasion.

APC was not allowed to run because of the impunity of Amaechi. He closed the door to other party faithfuls and manipulated his party’s congresses. The misfortune of the APC and her exclusion from the ballot was squarely due to Amaechi’s evil machinations, he wanted to impose his business partner on his party and his party faithfully revolted.

Senator Magnus Abe has made this public on several occasions. It is infantile to blame Governor Wike and the Judiciary for his crime against his party.

The terror unleashed by the Nigerian Army at Ogu/Bolo, Okirika, Eleme, Ikwerre, Akuku-Toru, Oyigbo Governorship collation centres were well documented. The videos have since gone viral. For example, in Ogu/Bolo and Okirika Local Government Areas, women were captured on video resisting invading soldiers at the Governorship collation centre. Channels Television also reported these facts.

Most importantly, international observers, especially the United Kingdom Embassy in Nigeria were the first to raise the red flag on the Nigerian Army. They indicted the Nigerian Army for their ugly attempt to rig the 2019 Governorship election in Rivers State.

Amaechi struggled  in vain to claim that the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu favoured Governor Wike because he was TETFUND’s Executive Secretary whilst  Governor Wike was a Minister of State for Education.  This is standing logic on its head. If Amaechi  thinks that once people work together  in the past, they can no longer be independent, why then is he Governor  Wike’s arch-rival?

Contrary to Amaechi’s desperate falsehood on Channels Rivers people overwhelmingly voted for Governor Wike across the State.  That election was a confirmation  of their support  for his outstanding performance. That was why they defended  their votes at the risk of their lives.

The Former Deputy Governorship Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers State , Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, while withdrawing from the AAC ticket declared
“The March 9 , Governorship election in Rivers State has been lost and won; lost by my party, African Action Congress (AAC) and its Candidate, Engineer Biokpomabo Awara, and undoubtedly and overwhelmingly won by the Governor of Rivers State, the candidate of PDP, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

He said that despite the interference of the security agencies, Rivers people stood their ground and voted for Wike.

He said: “The collated results further showed that contrary to the false claim of fictitious lead by the AAC/APC alliance, the PDP overwhelmingly won all the elections in 18 out of the 19 LGAs, culminating in the declaration and return of the party 26 House of Assembly Constituencies by the Constituency Returning Officers. This fact was confirmed on the 13th of March 2019, when INEC stated, as a matter of fact, that it had in it’s safe custody collated results for 17 Local Government Areas as well as the declaration of the PDP Candidates for 21 State Constituencies.The outcome of the elections on March 9, 2019 clearly showed the preference of the people of Rivers State. Even the blind can see and the deaf can hear the echo that Rivers people overwhelmingly voted to stick with Governor Wike for the next four years to encourage him to continue with the good works” .

Amaechi told Channels Television that his struggle  was to fundamentally  stop Governor Wike’s  re-election.  The people of Rivers State insisted on a second term for Governor Wike because of his outstanding performance and commitment  to development.  The resisted the Army to prove that power belongs to the people.

On security, Amaechi admitted  that Rivers State is more peaceful  than the rest of APC States in the North West and North East. But he refused to tell the world that working with the Army he has played  a negative  role in frustrating the security architecture of the State.  Amaechi used the Nigerian Army to frustrate  the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps.

It must be stated that there is no State in the country  that can compete  with Governor Wike in terms of support  to the security agencies.  He has donated over 250 Van’s fitted with communication gadgets, supplied Armoured Personnel Carriers, provided gunboats  and funds operational activities  of all security agencies in the state.

My advice is that Amaechi should retrace his steps and desist from chasing shadows. Rivers people have  spoken and their choice is clear. Governor Wike deserves a second term.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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