APC Vice Presidential Slot: Rivers PDP Congratulates Amaechi, But for What Really?
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has ‘congratulated’ the Governor of the State, Rotimi Chubuike Amaechi for losing his bid to grab the Vice Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDP said it was excited that Amaechi had been confirmed as a serial loser who lacked the capacity to win any competitive contest and could only excel in incivility and loose tongues.
Jerry Needam, Special Adviser, on Media to State PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah, in a statement Wednesday stated that most disturbing is the billions of tax payers’ money the outgoing Governor spent on lobbying for the APC VP ticket at the expense of infrastructural development, provision of portable drinking water in the State and payment of salaries and allowances of civil servants and pensioners.
It alleged that “the outgoing Governor Rotimi Amaechi plans to empty the State treasury and also debit the upcoming Government with huge debts that will take the life span of his successor administration to upset.
“One of such plans, the PDP can authoritatively reveal is the recent directive by Governor Amaechi to the Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas, whose tenure in office has elapsed to access bank loans to the tune of Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000.00).
“The loan, the Party reliably gathered, would be used to fund this year’s cultural Festival, here referred to as ‘CANIRIV’ and as Christmas package and freebies for members of the All Progressives Congress in the various LGAs and fun APC campaigns.
“The PDP condemns in its entirety what it describes as criminal and unpatriotic of Governor Amaechi and all those aiding him to commit such financial fraud on Rivers People.
“In addition, the party says the outgoing Governor has consistently squandered public funds on Personal Political ambition, sponsoring APC events and his failed Vice Presidential aspiration”.
Continuing the party said, “It has also been established that the outgoing Rivers State Governor is today a leading financier of Gen Buhari’s Presidential campaign, as billions of Rivers money were used in organising Buhari’s campaign tours and travels as well as major events of the APC in and outside the State, including the protest march in Abuja and the National Convention in Lagos
“Considering the economic and social implications these reckless and fraudulent financial activities of Governor Amaechi portend on the State and people after the life of this administration, the PDP believes it is time to act rather than remaining mute over an avoidable calamitous situation in the State.
“It is in the light of this that the PDP urges all anti-graft agencies to urgently save Rivers State and the people from impending collapse in 2015, after Governor Amaechi has left office.”
PDP also warned all financial bodies, including Banks and other lending institutions, not to honour any further applications for loans or borrowing arrangement by the Rivers State government under Governor Amaechi or any of its agencies, as such financial transactions will not be respected by the incoming Government in the State.
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