I Regret Supporting Amaechi To Be Governor – Peter Odili

I Regret Supporting Amaechi To Be Governor – Peter Odili

By Vanguard on December 29, 2014
Rotimi Amaechi Rivers State APC Nigeria Corruption White Paper
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State (In office 2007 - 2015)

Former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has said that he regretted working for Governor Rotimi Amaechi to emerge governor of the state.

Peter Odili

Peter Odili

Odili, in Ndoni Local Government Area of the state, at a campaign rally for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Nyesom Wike, alleged that Governor Amaechi dismantled structures that the founding fathers of the PDP had in the state when he assumed office.

He said: “We thought we did the right thing by supporting Amaechi to become the governor of the state. We left a united state. We also left a united party. PDP was one. Rivers State is PDP. There was no other party in Rivers State. Whatever the party hierarchy said would happen, that was what happened. The secretary is here to confirm what I am telling you here today.

“With all the best intentions, we supported his political career and ambition. We thought we did what was best for the state. As you know, until a man has power and has money, you don’t really know him, but that is a story for the future. One thing is clear, we have accepted our mistake and we are determined to correct it in 2015.

“Who would have thought that a governor who won an election on the platform of the PDP would decamp with the mandate of the party to another party? Who would have thought that a governor elected on the platform of the PDP would abandon the PDP to join an opposition party?

“The elders of the party who are here can corroborate what I am saying here today. We ran a cohesive party. We had respect for the elders of the party. We had respect for party members. No one attempted to hijack the PDP because the party was bigger than anyone no matter his or her position. Party officials were respected because the party was run from the secretariat which was home to all members of the party

“I want to thank the governorship candidate of the PDP for the 2015 governorship election and the next governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for miraculously rescuing the party from disintegration and working tirelessly to unite the members of the party. God will bless you.

“By the special grace of God, in February, we are going to the polls. The first election is to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term. The second election will be the governorship election where our candidate, Wike, will emerge as the next governor of Rivers State.”

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  1. The reports as published in one of the National dailies where it credited a statement made by former Governor Peter Odili to the effect that he regrets supporting Gov. Amaechi as governor has been described as that of a man who lacks what to say in the face of glaring evidence against him.
    The former governor who is an elder statesman, though in absentia having abdicated his throne and abandoned his responsibilities for almost eight years, rather than own up to his failure to lead a united PDP after his exit as governor is regrettably trying to save his face and point accusing fingers in the wrong direction.
    During his first public statement after accepting the cosmetic amnesty offered him by President Jonathan into his government, the former governor tried hard to convince his visitor, Nyeso Wike that the governor is to blame for the crisis in Rivers PDP which led to the exit of Amaechi to the APC.
    Odili should have been bold enough to admit that he handed over a crisis-ridden PDP to Amaechi.
    The problem with the party started during the succession period when he allowed members of his immediate family to meddle with the choice of who becomes his successor. That set the tone for a major divide within the Odili political family of PDP. That eventually snowballed into the monster that almost denied Amaechi of his mandate as the elected candidate of the PDP.
    All those who had their hopes raised by Odili’s family members became enemies of the governor as they were disappointed. This can be confirmed in Odili’s book titled, ‘My Conscience’.
    Prior to this period, the party was bedevilled with internal crisis which led to the exit of the likes of Late Chief Marshall Harry to the rival ANPP. Many other elders of the party particularly those from the Riverine and Ogoni areas were practically chased out from the party. The circumstances which led to the deaths of Marshall Harry and Chief A.K. Dikibo, two founding fathers of the party, of Ijaw extraction are very much closely associated with the crisis in the PDP.
    As for supporting Amaechi to become governor, it was unfortunate that though he began with him, after some time, Odili reneged on his promise. He didn’t finish with Amaechi, barely few weeks into the suit at the Federal High Court. It was Odili who later contracted Emmanuel Okala, SAN, as counsel for Celestine Omehia, this was after helping Amaechi retain the services of Lateef Fagbemi, SAN as his Counsel in the matter.
    While Nyeso Wike and Uche Secondus sought to hijack the party structure from Chief G.U. Ake, Odili’s benefactor, what was the former governor’s reaction? He watched and waited until the party crumbled.
    Odili probably was happy during the NGF face-off with the President because that would afford him the opportunity of slipping to the camp of the President with the help pf Wike.
    As for Odili’s statement on respect for elders in the party during his time as the leader of the party, I must ask whether he referred to the likes of Chief Marshall Harry, Chief A.K. Horsfall, Chief Bekinbo Soberekon, Chief Sergeant Awuse, Alabo Graham Douglas, Chief Anabs Sara Igbe, Chief Ombo Isokrari, Chief Monday Mgbor, Chief Rufus Ada George and several others he chased away from the party. Not even his major financier for governorship and brother, Chief Victor Odili was spared of his excesses. Many who left for other political parties or remained silent in the PDP.
    On the contrary to Odili’s claims, Amaechi inherited a crumbled umbrella which had hitherto before his victory at the Supreme Court, had suspended him!

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