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Forget Rivers state, PDP can’t win there, Amaechi tells Jonathan

The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has dismissed President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration that the PDP will take over Rivers...

The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has dismissed President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration that the PDP will take over Rivers State in the 2015 general elections.

President Jonathan had in PDP rallies in Owerri, Lafia, Sokoto and most recently, Minna expressed confidence that the party would regain the five states whose governors defected to the opposition.

The states are — Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Rivers and Adamawa.

But Amaechi, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Chief Tony Okocha, said over 90 per cent of the voting population in Rivers State were members of the APC.

He explained that those thinking that PDP would win APC in any election in the state must be hallucinating, adding that the situation on the grounds was not favourable to the PDP.

“For anybody to declare that the PDP will take over Rivers in 2015 is mere hallucination. It (PDP winning Rivers in 2015) is not possible. I cannot talk about any other state, but I am sure that APC is in full control of Rivers State.

“You can see that Rivers is an APC state and they can’t take it. More than 90 per cent of the voting population in Rivers State is APC. Apart from being APC members, they are also adherents of APC. So, PDP cannot take the state away from APC,” the governor said.

Also reacting to Jonathan’s declaration, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said statements credited to the President should give every right thinking Nigerian a cause for concern.

He said it was particularly worrisome that the President was using the deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country to play divisive politics.

He said, “What I can say is that from the President’s statement in Nasarawa where he said that they would get back Nasarawa and once they get Nasarawa, all the crisis in Nasarawa will be a thing of the past.

“Is that not saying that, they know about it already? And that they are behind it? That, coming from a President is very destabilising for the country.

“In other words, what the President is saying is that they are behind the crisis and the killings in Nasarawa State.

“Otherwise, why would they have to wait for Nasarawa to become PDP before they put an end to the killings? Knowing full well that the Federal Government has full control of the military and the police I think Mr. President should explain to Nigerians what is happening.”

Speaking in a similar vein, the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, said unless the President was saying that he had no plans to have a free and fair elections in 2015, there was no way he (Jonathan) could return to power.

He said there was no way the PDP could get the Presidency in 2015 if there was a free and fair election because the party had failed in all key indices of governance.

Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajoh, said the President and the leadership of the PDP should look inwards for the cause of the nation’s woes because they were directly responsible for most of what was wrong with the polity.

He said “Our advice to him and his party, is to look inwards and see what is going wrong around him. He is junketing and visiting traditional rulers in places where nothing is happening, he has forgot to visit places where people are being killed daily, where innocent people are being slaughtered.

“He has a responsibility to the people of this country not to contest for the Presidency in 2015 but to provide leadership for Nigerians between now and 2015.

“He has to secure the lives and property of Nigerians between now and then to ensure free and fair elections and ensure confidence in the democracy. These are the challenges before him; this is much more than his desperation to return to power in 2015.”

When contacted, the Director of Press and Public Relations to the Kano State governor, Baba Dantiye, said comments made by President Jonathan at various party rallies were a party affair.

“We believe the party (APC) is in a better position to respond to him.”

In response, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said it was too early for the opposition to start fretting over the 2015 elections.

He explained that 2015 was still far away noting that the party, would not be distracted from its current objective of winning the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States.

Metuh said, “2015 is still far away. As a party, we want to take things one at a time, we are now focused on the Ekiti State election after that, we can take on other things.”


  1. Amechi u ar a big liar and u talk too much

    1. You talking trash pls! The President is causing disharmony among governors and states and even the country as a whole and you are there saying Amechi is a liar. We can see for ourselves what is happening. We seriously need a change in this country. We need a leader who wil do everything possible to protect every life in Nigeria and not that who will play politics with peoples lives. One very silly mistake the president is making is to segregate himself. As a President, you automatically become a member of every political party, you see yourself practising every religion and you also see yourself as being a member of every tribe in the country. That is the only way you can be a TRUE LEADER!

    2. ...and as a Governor you see yourself as a member of all political parties in the state. Kettle calling pot black. By the way, who is the leader to bring us the change?

    3. Pls life live Gej along it's d northerners that created d cancer worm that is eating d nation up just to prove a point that power recied with them.born to rule while other regions are to serve, we know all this. And for Amechi that louzy man. The worst mistake I ever did was giving him my vote in 2011 election.but let's wait n see come 2015.

  2. Rubbish. Amaechi should close his wide mouth!

  3. So PDP has started campaigning, I hope INEC and Jega are not sleeping because it looks like a gesture of what we expect in the year 2015. Nigeria a lawless country.

  4. Is Amechi the owner of Rivers State, so to him now he has capture Rivers State, you better stop deceiving yourself and mind your business with this your so called APC power by force, you cannot win Rivers State again, enough of all your masquerading power corridor

  5. Amaechi, it is time to eat the humble pie. Your eyes have open now and it is clear you have been used. Your problem is now ego problem and the greatest leaders are those humble ones that place the goodness of those he is leading above their personal ego. You cannot continue like this.Rattling like a clarinet cannot make you a great leader rather it is your ability to bring hope, motivation, harmony, peaceful, co-existence and development to Rivers state that makes a great leader. Rivers state did not start and would not end with you.So your personal ambition cannot supersede that of the people and the state will still exist after you and history and posterity will tell.

  6. In yrs 2 come,rivers ppl will say if it wz when amaechi is in power dat our road will nt be dis bad, yes amaechi talks a lot but he is doing a great work in may take a long while 4 rivers ppl 2 get some one like him again


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