Jonathan and His Damaging Handlers By Aku Igono
Fully grown men; Husbands, Daddies, Sons — adults who were (s)elected as members of Rivers State House of Assembly on last week Tuesday raised the bar of rascality. I saw one of them in a video clip online, using a club that seemed more like pestle to hit his colleague on the head with force. I was so ashamed. The intent to kill by the attacking law maker (?) was overtly potent and glaring.
My friend in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State’s capital, Mr. F. Ikediasor immediately brought my attention to the fresh twist of the on-going battle between Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and his kinsman, Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan over the bloc votes of Rivers State.
According to the nation’s electoral umpire, INEC, Rivers boost of a voting population of over 2 million — the largest in the South-South zone. Jonathan and particularly, his wife, who has taken the battle upon herself, will stop at nothing to devour whoever will take those huge votes from them. And it appears Amaechi, the leader of PDP in Rivers State got plans that does not fit into Jonathan’s re-election scheming. Hence the fracas!
As hard as the president’s handlers — with a temperament that can pass as wounded lions — tries to dissociate their principal, whom they have initially dragged into a mud-fight, the handwriting, however is visibly all over the walls: Abuja will stop at nothing to get Governor Amaechi out of the way. If you ever doubt this assertion then, read Okupe’s reaction to the call by the opposition party, Action Congress Of Nigeria (ACN), to Jonathan to resign as a result of his failure to broker truce and bring to an end the ever increasing crisis in his party and the nation. And perhaps his complacency in the on-going crisis in Rivers State. A call that brought Okupe, a former medical doctor turned presidential publicist out to address Journalists.
At a Press Conference in Abuja, Okupe told Journalists that Amaechi is too small a political rat for the president to pick a fight with. When asked if the president was at war with anyone one, Okupe said his principal, who was away in China and reportedly received by Chinese Assistant Minister Of Foreign Affairs, had so many things in his head to worry about viz his re-election hustle. The President was in China with a ‘High Powered Delegation’ to borrow $1.1 billion to build airports and fund the Abuja light rail project.
When in May this year, the NGF imbroglio came to its peak; the president was seen as the wart under the skin. In their usual temperaments, the president’s media men denied that their principal who was far away in Addis Ababa attending the AU Summit, even though he was nowhere to be found when called to address the Union had no hand in the association of 36 governors. There is a nexus between the show of shame on Tuesday at the Rivers State House of Assembly and NGF election crisis: the President was out of the country. And anytime Abuja wants to COVERTLY support illegality and chaos they make sure they are out of the country. He was in CHINA, when the Rivers mayhem was unleashed by some scamp cum law (breakers) makers. But in a bid to counter any snide remarks at the president while away, Okupe had to stay back to watch out as Abati was put on the China’s trip!
Those political warriors at the Rivers State House of Assembly reserves no respect for the revered office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and by extension all Nigerians. Hence those show of shame. So why should I be economical with the obvious?
The crisis in Rivers State is all about 2015 general elections. And president is at the centre of it. His wife was in Rivers few weeks back where she openly campaigned for her husband. One of the reasons she visited Rivers State was to attend a wedding of the self-appointed new ‘speaker’, ‘Evan sure Bipifit’. Yes! The in that video dressed in blue short sleeves kaftan.
PERTINENT QUESTIONS SUFFICES:
(1) Can a Police Commissioner disrespect and usurp the functions of the Governor as Chief Security Officer of the State without the backing of the IGP who is an appointee of the President?
(2) Why would the security of a State Chief Executive who was elected concurrently with the President be removed? Who has such power, when he is still holds sway as Governor?
(3) Can 5 law makers under any mathematical calculation translate into 2/3rd of a 32-member assembly when the seats of others have not been declared vacant?
(4) What gave a Police Commissioner the temerity to back the illegality of the INFAMOUS 5 if he didn’t have the backing of the Abuja?
(5) Should disagreements between two political dramatis personae lead to the suspension of the constitution?
(6) Isn’t the recent mayhem in Rivers State a continuation of STATE harassment of the Governor that started with grounding of his aircraft, NGF palaver, and now the siege on Government House?
(7) Is DISSENT not part of democracy and is citizen Amaechi not entitled to have a contrary view to that of President Jonathan on PRINCIPLE, or even aspire to his office as part of his right in the CONSTITUTION?
(8) Who wants the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan Amachree out and why?
(9) Why did the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, Joseph Mbu turned down request by the governor to deploy officers to the Assembly at the brink of the fracas?
(10) Are the elders in Rivers State hypnotised? Their silence is dangerous!
These questions beg for urgent answers as the crisis in Rivers escalates.
ADDITIONAL DAMAGE TO JONATHAN
Even though Jonathan has not formally indicated interest to seek re-election in 2015, his body language and that of his wife speaks louder than the expected declaration. 2015 is on overdrive. Mrs Jonathan during her last visit to Rivers asked elders in the state to vote for her husband again when the time comes. In fact she told them that the South-South Zone got presidency on the platter of gold and must be retained. It may interest Jonathan’s handlers — his wife inclusive — to know that additional damages are being done to his office and person. If Jonathan must be returned elected in 2015 — which is like a fattened camel passing through the eye of the needle — then they should all mend their ways as well as watch their tongues and sincerely put him to the national task of ensuring peace across the land. His failure to do this, I’m afraid, will see his political career (?) plummeted. His diminishing chances of becoming president beyond 2015 will reach the lowest point or bottom low.
May God heal Nigeria!
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