Speech Read By Felix Obuah During Anti-Amaechi Rivers PDP Leaders Visit To Jonathan
Your Excellency, may I use this opportunity, on behalf of the delegation of the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State to thank you immensely for the opportunity of this visit. Apart from being the first since the change of leadership of our great party in the state, it is indeed historic because your Excellency is not just our son, being from Niger Delta extraction, but also because your Excellency is our son-in-law. Rivers State therefore is your home of comfort.
We indeed received, visited and interacted with our sister, the First Lady, Her Excellency, Dame Patience Jonathan during her recent visit to Rivers State. We can affirm that from the joy and contentment Her Excellency exuded, Your Excellency is indeed a caring and loving husband, and she, a dependable and doting wife. In gratitude, we wish your Excellency and our dear sister many more years of blissful marriage and companionship in Jesus Name. Amen.
We have been following Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda which is laying a solid foundation for sustainable development of our dear country. We believe in it and are very proud of your Excellency, Mr. President.
Despite the distractions which your Administration is witnessing at the moment, your Transformation Agenda and the human face you have brought into governance is to say the least, commendable.
Mr. President, we appreciate the fact that you love our people, being one of us, it is for this reason that we must place our gratitude on record. Your Excellency’s magnanimity in appointing our illustrious son and leader Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, as Minister of State for Education is highly appreciated. We are happy that he has not disappointed you since assumption of office.
In the same vein, we want to thank Mr. President for finding some of our sons worthy of appointments, namely Ambassador Desmond Akawor, Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Korea, Rt. Hon. Austin Opara, Chairman, Abuja Investment Company, Prince Uche Secondus, Chairman National Identity Card Management Commission, Senator Tari Sekibo Oduabaji, Chairman, Niger Delta Basin Development Authority, Chief Sergeant Awuse, Chairman Federal Polytechnic Governing Council, Kaduna, Senator Lee Maeba, Chairman Federal Housing Authority, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, Chairman, Anambra-Imo River Basin Authority, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, Chairman, Federal Medical Centre Board, Owerri, Mr. O. C. J. Okocha, SAN, Chairman, Council of Legal Education, Mr. Ledum Mitee, Chairman, NEITI, Mr. Victor Alabo, Managing Director, Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, Hon. Hope Ikiriko, Federal Civil Service Commissioner representing Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states, and Barrister Frank Owhor, Federal Commissioner, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission. What else can we say than to THANK YOU IMMENSELY, our dear brother.
Permit us to use this opportunity of this visit, to thank the First Lady through you, for the message of reconciliation and peaceful co-existence which she preached while in Port Harcourt last month. It shows that she truly means well for the State. Her Excellency also empowered over 10,000 of our women from the 23 LGAs of Rivers State under the Women for Change and Development Initiative. There is no doubt, the various items which she delivered to the hitherto neglected poor and rural women will help to alleviate pains and enhance their wellbeing. Kindly extend our invaluable gratitude to Her Excellency, our sister.
Mr. President, as if these are not enough, we also thank you for supporting that the position of Deputy National Chairman of our great party be retained by Rivers State.
Having said all these Your Excellency, we are pained and our heart bleeds today that the main champion of opposition in the country against Mr. President and indeed the Federal Government of Nigeria is our own son, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi. This is indeed shameful. We do not know what has come over the young man. Is it that he wants to destabilize the PDP before his eventual movement to his new party, having been handed over the ACN/APC structure in Rivers State? Unfortunately, he has repeatedly rebuffed every effort by us and well-meaning Nigerians to make him show remorse and respect for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mr. President Sir, we sincerely apologize to you and the First Lady on this sad situation. We appeal that as the saying goes, “you do not visit the sin of the father on the son” and implore your Excellency, to remember us in prayers.
To demonstrate that Rivers people are not with Governor Amaechi in this hostile attitude against Mr. President and our great party, we shall continue to support his suspension from the PDP by the National Working Committee until he retraces his steps from engaging in anti-party activities.
Your Excellency, Governor Amaechi is not only showing disrespect to your office, he is also attacking the Nigeria Police, his grouse that the new Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Joseph Mbu is not doing his bidding as perhaps, some before him did by being used to terrorize innocent Rivers men and women including his perceived political opponents. Your Excellency, Mr. Mbu is a God-sent Commissioner of Police who has refused to be used to arrest and harass political opponents of Governor Amaechi and charging them to court on trumped-up charges. We are very proud of his impartiality and we join well-meaning Nigerians in Rivers State to celebrate him as a core professional.
It is for this reason that our Governor has been doing everything including instigating commission of crimes to ridicule and blackmail the Commissioner of Police. Governor Amaechi desperately wants Mr. Mbu out of Rivers State and has publicly threatened to lead a street protest in Port Harcourt with hired persons and non-Nigerians. The idea of the protest we understand, is to further press for the removal of the patriotic and selfless Commissioner of Police in Rivers State.
Your Excellency, we also want to use this opportunity to thank the Hon. Minister of State for Education, and our Leader Hon. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, who has been a source of inspiration as well as many others in our struggle to restore our dignity and forge ahead as a winning party. Finally, as a party, Mr. President, we in Rivers State assure you that we will continue to support you, the Transformation Agenda and all your policies. As our son-in-law, we guarantee that you can go home and sleep with your two eyes closed, believing that AT ALL TIMES, WE WILL MASSIVELY SUPPORT AND STAND WITH YOU, COME RAIN COME SHINE
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