Recent statements by Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was behind the killings in the oil-rich state, have been described as a sewage of lies.
In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state’s commissioner for information and communication, Austin Tam-George said Governor Wike does not need arms to defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State.
The commissioner said that on the contrary, the APC in Rivers State was suffocating under the weight of Rotimi Amaechi’s disastrous legacy as governor of Rivers State for eight years.
“Rotimi Amaechi is probably the most toxic political personality in Rivers State because of his history of financial recklessness and visionless leadership during his time as governor of Rivers State,” Dr. Tam-George said.
According to the commissioner, funds meant for the payment of salaries of workers and pensioners were diverted by Mr. Amaechi to sponsor the political activities of the APC, thereby plunging millions of families into abject poverty and misery.
Dr. Tam-George pointed out that Mr. Amaechi was indicted by a court-approved judicial panel of inquiry for stealing public funds.
The commissioner asserted that while the APC-led federal government may have granted Amaechi unofficial amnesty, the Rivers people have a long memory, and would continue to reject Rotimi Amaechi and the APC in Rivers State.
He maintained that Mr. Amaechi’s attempt to steal the mandate of the people on Saturday, December 10, 2016 through the force of arms would be resisted and defeated once again.