January 21, 2022

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Group To Wike: You Are Indebted To Amaechi

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Edith CHUKU

As the face-off between the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his predecessor, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi lingers, a youth group has said that Wike ought to have been grateful to Amaechi for his achievements in politics.

The group believes that the immediate past governor of the state promoted inclusiveness and harnessed the diversity of Rivers people in the interest of the state, even as they urged Amaechi to ignore what they described as ‘Gov. Wike and his rabble rousing.’

Speaking under the aegis of Rivers Renaissance, the youths said they were, “responding to claims by Wike that Amaechi frustrated his ministerial nomination under President Goodluck Jonathan” and that there was no iota of truth in the governor’s claim.

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President of the youth body in Rivers State, Dr. Dokubo Dan-Tamuno in a statement said “Nyesom Wike is still indebted to Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi for his achievements in politics. Rather than struggle to demonise the minister for transportation at the slightest opportunity, Wike should be eternally grateful to Amaechi for his political achievements.

“Wike while addressing the first convocation of Pamo medical University on Saturday had said that Amaechi frustrated his nomination as minister under former President Jonathan. The group frowned at this claim, dismissing it as blatant falsehood.”

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Recounting what he alleged Amaechi did for Wike, Dan-Tamuno said “Amaechi supported your second term bid as chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government council even in the face of opposition from the Obio-Akpor people. He supported your emergence as deputy and later president of ALGON; made you his Chief of Staff (CoS) in defiance to your preference for commissioner for finance.

“Your success story and climb on life’s perilous ladder can never be complete without Amaechi and if he (Amaechi) wanted to replace your nomination, he could have easily done it especially with the initial reluctance by former President Jonathan in accepting your nomination. Rather than withdraw your nomination, Amaechi stoically insisted that your nomination should be accepted at the risk of unsettling the former president. Remember that the former president initially questioned your nomination on the grounds that he did not know you.”

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