Rivers 2019: Is Chibuike Amaechi Confirming the hidden Ikwerre Agenda? by Anabs Sara Igbe

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What does Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi really want? Is he playing out or confirming the hidden Ikwerre Agenda?

Does he truly want the APC to win an election or capture power in 2019 or he wants the Party to lose so that Ikwerre sons will remain as Governor and Minister?

As the Hon. Minister of Transportation, what is he doing to reactivate or support our seaports and the International & other airports in the Niger Delta States, now that the Western Ports of Apapa and Tincan Isand are congested and the country is losing millions of dollars daily on demurrage?

What is wrong with the Calabar, Onne, Port Harcourt, Bonny, Abonnema, Warri, Sapele and Koko Ports that he can not direct the NPA to divert the stranded vessels to these Ports?

What about the renovations of our Airports in Port Harcourt, Calabar, Benin, Uyo and Warri? The same airports that he queried or accused the former President Goodluck Jonathan for not renovating or reconstructing.

May all those commentators on social media who support and insult people opposed to Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi please define democracy? Can we all say that the impunity going on in Rivers State can be called democracy or autocracy ?

If one man can impose a candidate on the Party with arrogance and think that his word is final, then he can also win the election without the views, support and contributions of others. There is therefore no need to quarrel with him, other than to sit down and look how his imposition can win the election.

I had repeatedly said that securing the Party ticket as a candidate of a Political Party is quite different from winning in a general election. What many persons fail to realise or understand is that, Rt. Hon Rotimi Ameachi has more known and unknown enemies in and outside of the state, to the extent that any candidate he presents to Rivers people might not be able to win an election.

I am very much convinced that there is an Ikwerre Agenda, otherwise, if Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi is not playing an Ikwerre Agenda, he would have started making peace, reconciliation and mobilisation moves across the state, rather than dividing and driving away members from the Party with impunity.

If APC as a Party wants to win an election in 2019, then we should not sit back but stop this nonsense and start thinking and working like a people who are interested in winning an election. Sycophantic behaviour of insulting other people’s views will only deprive us further, from winning the 2019 elections in the state.

I can assure you that most persons who are making noise today, will not like to remain in a sinking boat but will rather jump out to safety.

The opponent on the other hand, will be laughing at APC and Ameachi for parading himself as the king of Rivers politics when in actual sense we are a bunch of divided and directionless party in the state.

The Kalabaris can not be fooled just because we are looking for a Kalabari Governor. We have supported other ethnic nationalities in both the old and new Rivers State to produce the Governor of Rivers State including the Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi. Therefore he doesn’t need to insult us with his Ikwerre Agenda because we need a Kalabari Governor.

Let me also clear the current issue of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi imposing Arch. Tonye Dele Cole on the Party. I agree that Arch. Tonye Dele Cole is the first son of a respected Kalabari Chief ‘His Excellency Ambassador (Dr) Patrick Dele Cole’, which makes him a Kalabari son from Abonnema.
The problem Arch. Tonye Dele Cole has is that he does not relate with his Kalabari brothers and sisters before and even now.

He is seen as a complete stranger even in his Jack’s Compound, Abonnema. At least, one will expect that for somebody who is interested in running for an election of this magnitude, he ought to inform his Kalabari people, as they say charity begins at home. Failure to communicate with his Kalabari brothers and sisters itself is a major source of crises and set back.

If Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi truly mean well, he would have used wisdom not to sow the seed of discord between the Kalabaries and the Ogonis, who are long time political allies in the state. The both enthnic group needs each other to win an election. Except the whole idea is for him to say he has given an opportunity to Opobos to produce the Governor and it failed, and has also given the Kalabaries and it also failed, just to deceive the people.

APC is an opposition Party in the State, there is therefore the needs for an acceptable candidate by majority of the people in the party and to a large extend the state.

The creme de la creme of the Political Class are not comfortable with the attitude of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Ameachi and as such are not willing to join the Party. Some of them are standing by to see who the Governorship Candidate will be before joining force to remove the incumbent but this so called anointing has become a very bitter pill to swallow for several reasons.

My advice therefore is to allow a free and fair direct Primaries to choose the flag bearer who will be able to defeat the incumbent in a general election.

I duff my hat for the likes of Senator Magnus Abe and Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, who came out openly to say that they will contest the Primary Election of the Party for the people to decide who should bear the flag of APC in the forth coming Governorship election in the state, rather than allowing the imposition by one man who says he is the Leader and everybody should follow him.

The electorates are watching as the events develop. I say it as I see it and this is not a hate speech.


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