‘What Gov Amaechi Told President Jonathan’ During thier Peace Meeting
It is no longer news that President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State met for the first time since the face-off between them came to the fore three weeks ago. What may be news is what actually transpired between the duo during their closed doors meeting.
The meeting which was initiated by five governors who had earlier met with the president to broker peace was said to have given Governor Amaechi the opportunity to air his mind to the President.
Sources at the meeting said the Rivers State governor told President Jonathan that the conflict between them is nothing personal and he was not planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Amaechi was said to have told President Jonathan that oil wells belonging to Rivers State were arbitrarily handed over to Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Abia states by the National Boundaries Commission (NBC) at the behest of The Presidency.
According to the source, Amaechi told Jonathan that when he complained and demanded the return of the oil wells, only a few non-producing oil wells were given back by Akwa Ibom.
Amaechi was also said to have told the president that he should not be held responsible for the stand the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) took on the issues of the mismanagement of the Excess Crude Account (ECA) by the federal government, the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) and the subsidy funds. The governor was said to have told Jonathan that all the state governors, irrespective of political party platforms, agreed on the positions reached and that he was only the NGF chairman.
On the festering crisis in Rivers State, the governor told the president that all his security apparati had been withdrawn on the orders of his wife Patience, in a bid to make the state ungovernable.
Furthermore, he told Jonathan that he no longer held security meetings in the state as the commissioner of police and director of State Security Service (SSS), among others, now took instructions from The Presidency.
He was also said to have told the president that attempts to re-deploy the state commissioner of police, Mr Mbu Joseph Mbu, was stopped by his wife Patience, who ordered the commissioner of police in Imo State who had been re-deployed to Rivers State to remain in Owerri.
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