Following confirmed stoppage of salaries of all Judiciary Staff in
Rivers State by the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter unequivocally condemns
this unpatriotic, selfish, crude, wicked and ill-conceived action, and
therefore, urges all relevant authorities not to respect or take the
directive seriously as it is done without respect of the law and in
total defiance of the democratic principles.
The PDP rejects and vows not to allow this irresponsible action to
take effect, and calls on all concerned to discontinuance such
Below, is a reference and statement of the directive from the Rivers
“RST/9051/VOL.11/44 5th June, 2014
The General Manager,
Zenith Bank Plc.,
Plot 1/2 Presidential Estate,
Aba Road, Port Harcourt.
Stoppage of May, 2014 Salaries of All Staff of Rivers State Judiciary
Sequel to the directive of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of
Rivers State, we write to request your bank to stop May, 2014 salaries
of all staff of Rivers State Judiciary till further notice.
Your strict compliance in this respect is solicited, please.
Ngozi Y. Abu KSC Dagogo R. Abere
Accountant-General Director Treasury
1. You better believe.
2. These are the words by which Governor Rotimi Amaechi directed that
payment of the salaries of all Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary be
3. It does not matter whether the Staff concerned is a cleaner,
driver, security guard, clerical officer, steward, cook etc. All staff
of the Rivers State Judiciary must pay for the sins of the National
Judicial Council insisting on constitutionality and independence in
the administration of the Rivers State Judiciary, the last hope of the
4. The Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State Chapter, has said it
before, and we reiterate that the Governor Chibuike Amaechi Government
in Rivers State is devilish, Godless, soulless, completely deranged,
devoid of compassion and focus. We take comfort that as you read this
Governor Amaechi and his wicked Government are on the way out of our
lives. May 29, 2015 is their terminal date.
5. We call on all the Good People of Rivers State to pray fervently
for this yoke of perfidy to pass by us quickly.
6. Governor Rotimi Amaechi, we ask you:
a. What did the hapless Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary do to you?
b. Did the Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary advice you to appoint
Honourable Justice P. N. C. Agumagu, the suspended President of the
Rivers State Customary Court of Appeal as the acting Chief Judge of
Rivers State in contravention of section 271(4) of the 1999
c. Were the Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary whom you now deny
their salaries responsible for the February 19, 2014 shameful judicial
annulment (by the Federal High Court Port Harcourt) of your
unconstitutional appointment of suspended Honourable Justice P. N. C.
Agumagu as the acting Chief Judge of Rivers State?
d. Did the Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary advice you to swear in
disgraced Honourable Justice P. N. C. Agumagu as the substantive Chief
Judge of Rivers State in contravention of section 271(1) of the 1999
e. Are these men and women whose salaries you have stopped regardless
of its effect on their families and dependants responsible for
Honourable Justice P. N. C. Agumagu’s disgrace and suspension from
Judicial Office by the National Judicial Council because he allowed
himself to be used by you to violate the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria in a most reprehensible manner?
f. Did these men and women do anything to you when you decided to
appoint one and the same person as both the President of the Rivers
State Customary Court of Appeal and the Chief Judge of Rivers State,
the first time such travesty has ever occurred in Nigeria’s judicial
g. Did these men and women whom you now so callously punish not go
about their lawful duties all be it in quiet and painful indignation
at your madness?
h. Are the Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary to be blamed for the
National Judicial Council’s intervention in line with their
constitutional power and duty to restore the smooth administration of
the machinery of justice in Rivers State which you so strenuously seek
i. Must these sons and daughters of Rivers State perish in your hands
because they volunteered to serve their fatherland as Staff of the
Rivers State Judiciary?
j. Must the baby and the bath water be thrown away?
7. Governor Amaechi, tell the whole world why you must vent your
characteristic wickedness on hapless persons who have in no way
offended you just because you have the power to stop salaries.
8. Most of these men and women whom you now punish are the same people
who voted for the Peoples Democratic Party thereby voting you into
office even though you have abandoned their mandate while
unscrupulously and immorally occupying the seat which their mandate
9. The whole world can now BELIEVE the Peoples Democratic Party when
we refer to Governor Rotimi Amaechi as a crazed despot, devoid of any
democratic principles and determined to appropriate Rivers State as
his personal serfdom and all its residents as his serfs.
10. Governor Amaechi achieved this with the Rivers State House of
Assembly which has renamed itself by conduct as “Amaechi House of
Assembly”. He cannot rename the Rivers State Judiciary where all our
hopes against his tyranny is preserved “Amaechi Judiciary”.
11. The Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State Chapter, uses this
medium to reassure the Staff of the Rivers State Judiciary that it
would use all lawful means to reverse this SATANIC DIRECTIVE of
Governor Rotimi Amaechi that their salaries should no longer be paid.
12. The Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State Chapter, makes bold to
say that it would stand firmly behind the workers of the Rivers State
Judiciary and indeed all workers in Rivers State in any action they
intend to take to challenge Governor Amaechi’s satanic directive.
13. The Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State Chapter, uses this
opportunity to remind the good people of Rivers State that NOTHING
GOOD can ever emanate from the stable of Governor Amaechi and his
cohorts. They do not mean well for Rivers State and Rivers People.
Governor Amaechi and his group can never protect our welfare as Rivers
People and residents of Rivers State. All Governor Amaechi knows how
to do and does best is to INFLICT PAIN and MORE PAIN.
14. But we assure the People of Rivers State and all persons resident
in Rivers State that the Peoples Democratic Party shall overcome in
Rivers State. Your hopes shall be restored. Your endeavours rewarded
15. NEVER AGAIN SHALL WE BE SLAVES IN OUR OWN LAND.
Special Adviser, Media
To Rivers State PDP Chairman,
Bro. Felix Obuah
Friday, June 6, 2014