Disturbed by the several media reports that the police stopped Governor Rotimi Amaechi from enterring the Rivers State Government House through the back-door, the PDP has accused Amaechi of always distorting facts to gain public sympathy for illegal actions.
In a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Friday, the PDP, also accused the governor of inciting the public against the Federal Government and the Rivers State police commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu.
“Of particular concern is the manipulation of the media by the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Governor Chibuike Amaechi to mislead Nigerians and create an impression that he was barred by the police and the Federal Government from entering the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt.
“This distortion of facts is totally unacceptable and unbefitting of a state governor. It is indeed condemnable that Governor Amaechi has continued to distort facts and interfere in the lawful activities of the police and security operatives ensuring law and order in Rivers State only to manipulate the media and portray himself as the victim,” the statement said.
Metuh added that Amaechi was fully aware that based on the ruling of the courts, the police had sealed off a secretariat illegally opened by some individuals under the name, flag and colour of the PDP, consequent upon which the route leading to the structure and the Government house was also closed.
He accused the governor of defying the closure order by choosing to access the Government House through the same route in company of “unauthorised persons” who sought to beat security to access the sealed secretariat.
“Governor Amaechi cannot feign ignorance of the fact that the route was closed as he must have been fully informed by his security details, otherwise he is running an incompetent government that cannot guarantee the safety and welfare of his state.
“Governor Amaechi must understand that the Nigeria police is a sacred institution which should not in anyway be dragged into politics. In the same vein, he must understand that facts are sacred and should not be distorted under any guise,” Metuh added.