How Patience Stopped Jonathan’s Orders to Transfer Police Commissioner, Mbu Out of Rivers State
It is no longer news that the five governors who have been traversing the country in what they described as seeking for a solution to the crises rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP arranged a meeting aimed at reaching a peaceful reconciliation between River State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan.
At the meeting, Governor Amaechi was said to have tallied his conditions for the return of calm to the state, chief of which is the removal or transfer of the Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, who according to security sources is acting in cohorts with the opposition to precipitate unrest in of Rivers State.
With the demand by Rotimi Amaechi and pressure mounted by many quarters and political stakeholders calling for the removal or transfer of the Commissioner of Police in River State, President Jonathan was said to have among other request by Amaechi agreed to the transfer of the commissioner.
President Jonathan was to remove the Police Commissioner in Rivers State and replaced him with the Police Commissioner in Imo State, Mr. Mohammed Katsina. It is not sure where Police Commissioner in Rivers State was scheduled to go.
However, as the President signaled for the appropriate authorities to relay the decision down the ranks, the 1st Lady was alerted of the unfolding transfer. Our source stated that the 1st Lady was livid and unwilling to allow Governor Amaechi have his way. She made her mind known to Mr. President, her husband without ‘biting her words’.
In what seemed like a last minute maneuver, the President reversed his order for the removal of Police Commissioner, Mbu out of Rivers State.
This development further reveals that the unfolding imbroglio in Rivers State may not have to do with the supposed fractured relationship between the President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan and the Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. The battle seems more like a battle between Rotimi Amaechi and wife of the President, Patience Jonathan.
Although we have not been able to verify the true position of the President as far as the transfer is concerned, but if the decision by the President to halt the transfer on the insistence of the first lady is anything to go by, then one can conclude that there is a far end in sight to the gradual but steady disintegration of governance – law and order in the state.
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