Amaechi’s Romance With APC Governors, A Very Bad Move By Aku Igono
Personally I think the so-called solidarity visit by the four Northern Governors to their embattled Rivers State counterpart; Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is totally uncalled for. The Tuesday visit by governors of Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano and Niger States, exactly a week after the mayhem that engulfed the state reveals the real personalities behind the mask.
Solidarity visits amongst State governors is not a bad thing. In fact, such visits are encouraged in order to strengthen existing relationships and to identify areas of mutual interests for overall benefits of such states. The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) had even developed Peer Review Mechanism to check and appraise each other’s performance. Against this background, visits amongst governors in the association foster development. But the Tuesday visit runs in opposite direction to peace, development and good leadership, which formed the ideals of the NGF.
There was an ugly reception accorded the four governors in Rivers State by what we were made to believe as the anti-Amaechi protesters. The reception is deserving of governors who apparently ignored security reports and embarked on a “Solidarity Visit”. I’m interested to know if their people elected them to go on such reckless and provocative trip.
This brings me to the issue of how elected officials jump around all over the world without the consent and approval of those who elected them. Democracy, if well operated is the most responsible form of government which made provisions for checks and balances. No elected official should waste taxpayers’ money to embark on reckless trip without the prior approval of the people through their representatives in the Legislature.
They touched down at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa with a chartered jet owned by Barbedos Group. They can’t even pretend and use one of the indigenous airlines. The Barbedos name does not suggest that the airline belongs to the government but chartered with money supposed to be deployed to serve their people in the area of critical infrastructure. They will rather expend such money without any benefits to the masses. Little wonder the debt profile of state has hit 2 trillion naira.
We know the four governors and how they got to power. We also know whose interest they are serving. But they should know that Nigerians know them and won’t dance naked with them. Nigerians won’t emote any sympathy as they dance in their theatre of shame towards 2015.
Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger State Governor)
He is a seasoned, loquacious and brilliant administrator who knows his onions and the depth of Public/Civil Service. Your jaw will drop at his eloquence. Popularly known as Chief Servant, he holds a Chieftaincy title of ‘Taliban Minna’. He had worked in the Presidency (Office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation) where he rose from the post of Assistant Director to Permanent Secretary in the Service. In 2007 ended up in Federal Capital Development Administration (FCDA) where he impressed former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo with some FCDA dealings. An impressive Obasanjo then ‘dashed’ him the ticket to Niger State Government House. Now it is time to return the favour by teaming up with Amaechi to fight president Jonathan; Obasanjo’s estranged political god-son.
Dr. Sule Lamido (Jigawa State Governor)
His active participation to enthrone democracy in Nigeria was never in doubt. He was one of the leading figures in the dark years of military dictatorship. He was arrested and detained in early 1998 by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha for his opposition to his regime. After his release in mid-1998, he and others formed the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). Thereafter, former president Obasanjo appointed him as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2003. In 2007, Obasanjo asked Professor Maurice Iwu to declare him winner of Jigawa State gubernatorial election. Obasanjo is now rooting for him and Amaechi to chase incumbent president Jonathan out in 2015. Now you know whose interest took him to Port Harcourt.
Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano State Governor)
This one was defeated by All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) candidate, Ibrahim Shekarau in the 2003 gubernatorial election when he was going for his second term. Again, former president Obasanjo called him to Abuja and assigned to him the all-important Defence Minister portfolio. An assignment he handled with his eyes still on Kano State governorship seat. He went back in 2011 and repeated his 1999 feat. Amaechi recently visited him in Kano. His loyalty to the former president is not in doubt, and for him he was on a return visit to Port Harcourt.
Retired Vice-Admiral Murtala Nyako (Adamawan State Governor)
This is one of the oldest, if not the oldest elected official in Nigeria. He is a farmer who swims in controversies. He was pulled out of retirement by Obasanjo in 2007 to clip the political clout of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. In 2011, he openly worked against Atiku’s candidacy at the instance of Obasanjo; his political god-father and poured his supports for the incumbent president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Well, that support is no more. Reason: President Jonathan refused to release the state funds to him after he recently slammed his Adamawa State with an emergency rule. He is not happy with Jonathan; hence, he has joined the association of Jonathan Must Go! He was part of Port Harcourt “Solidarity Visit”.
RT. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers State Governor)
The “Solidarity Visit” host governor.
To put it succinctly, he is the new face of opposition in Nigeria. If you don’t like President Jonathan, then you will find Amaechi a beautiful bride in the garden. Don’t be surprised the Northern governors are in bed with him now. All Rivers State governors since Peter Odili fancy the number two position in the land: Vice President. After enjoying the Rivers state loots with former governor Peter Odili, Obasanjo promised him the vice president position. A promise Odili took seriously and unleashed his campaign across the land. Plenty oil money exchanged hands (Oh Rivers Money Ooo!) and the event that followed thereafter was unpalatable. EFCC was sent after him like a dog cage-starved for decade. He later dropped his Vice Presidential ambition for his brother from Otuoke.
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo is now dangling similar offer before Amaechi in what is now known as Lamido-Amaechi 2015. As expected, the Ikwere man is now dancing to ‘Surungere song’ by Baba. Those who know him (Amaechi) should tell him that his bad romance will put him to solitary confinement like his predecessor, Odili. If his dissent against the present government is genuine and in the interest of the masses, he should continue if not, he should watch it!
And for the four Wisemen from the North, Nigerians won’t empathise with you if your motive is to cause crises in the land for selfish purpose and cash on it in 2015. The Zombies in Nigeria are dead and buried. We are watching keenly and in 2015, we SHALL judge!
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