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Amaechi Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot By Presidency To Install PDP Governor

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Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Governor of Rivers state and chairman of Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF), has raised an alarm over alleged fresh plots by the presidency to throw the state into avoidable crisis, using the new commissioner for police in the state, Mr. Dan Bature to install a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor in the state come 2015.

Making reference to some media reports, the government alleged that the new Commissioner of police had been directed by the Presidency to install a certain PDP gubernatorial aspirant as governor in the 2015 elections.

He stated that two national newspapers revealed that the new police boss had been instructed by the presidency to use the former police commissioner, Joseph Mbu's 'draconian style and tactics' in causing crisis in the state.

Under the alleged plot, the police would "tackle Governor Chibuike Amaechi, his supporters and Rivers people and then install the preferred candidate as governor".

A statement issued in Port Harcourt, and signed by the chief press secretary  to the governor, David Iyofor, alleged that Dame Patience Jonathan was the brain behind the redeployment of Bature to the state, solely for the purpose of executing the script of installing a PDP governor.

The statement said:

"Over the weekend, the media was awash with reports of a fresh sinister plot to throw Rivers state into avoidable crisis. According to the reports as they concern Rivers state, the new commissioner of police, Dan Bature, has been directed by the presidency to install a certain Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant as governor in the 2015 elections.

The PUNCH and The NATION went further to reveal that the new Rivers police commissioner has been instructed by the presidency (both papers mentioned the first lady) to use the former Rivers police commissioner, Joseph Mbu's draconian style and tactics in causing crisis in Rivers state.

He is to tackle Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, his supporters and Rivers people and the install the preferred candidate as governor. The NATION fingered the presidency (again the first lady) in Bature's deployment to Rivers state for the purpose of executing this toxic spirit.

While it is easy for a few in the Presidency to dismiss these reports, we in Rivers state, with the benefit of hindsight and our collective recent bitter experience in the hands of former police commissioner, Joseph Mbu who was also reported to have a similar mandate, cannot".

The statement went on to say that the people of the state will not resist any attempt by the Presidency to unconstitutionally install a preferred PDP candidate as governor of the state at any time, including in 2015, pointing out that there is no provision in the constitution of the country that allows the presidency to install a preferred candidate as governor of a state. 

The statement said also that Rivers' voters must be allowed to choose their governor in the coming elections, stating that it is their inalienable democratic right that they will not and will never surrender to anyone or institution, including the presidency. 

"We must warn that the looming danger ahead for our polity and our country is indeed ominous, if this noxious script is acted out. This is an avoidable crisis that must be avoided by all parties mentioned in the reports".

"Again we congratulate and welcome the new Commissioner of Police in River state, Dan Bature. We expect and hope that he would act professionally and would firmly resist any external influences and pressure to be politically biased and partisan in the discharge of his duties to Rivers people as the police chief. We pray that God and his conscience guide him to do only what is constitutional, lawful, right, just and fair in the policing of Rivers state. We assure Rivers people that we will remain vigilant as we head towards the 2015 elections".

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