By Umar Muhammad Puma
Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has condemned the reported threat on the life of the state Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
This is just as the party, yesterday, accused the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, who recently dumped the APC of lying in his claims that the opposition party condemned President Goodluck Jonathan for prescribing the Boko Haram group threatening to sue him if he refuses to retract.
The party, in a statement by its Rivers chapter chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, described the alleged plot to eliminate Amaechi as “evil, horrendous, unjustifiable and provocative.”
Ikanya added: “We have noted the alarm raised by the Chairman, House of
Representatives Committee on Public Service Matters, Andrew Uchendu, that the life of the Governor of Rivers State, has come under threat from the Federal Government and its agents.”
“We condemned what it called ‘reprehensible plot’ on the life of an innocent man whose only offence is that he is fighting for the rights of the people who elected him into office.
“Amaechi has not committed any crime deserving of death and we wish to warn that no such harm must come to him,” he said.
The party also noted with dismay that the military allegedly ambushed Amaechi and refused him entry into Ekiti ahead of the state recent conducted governorship election in ten state. The State APC Chairman advised the Federal Government “to channel its energies towards finding a solution to the incessant bombing and killing of Nigerians like chicken by Boko Haram and leave Amaechi alone.”
Amaechi, according to the party, had suffered enough harassment in the hands of the Goodluck Jonathan administration and should be “given a break.”
“The Federal Government should understand that Amaechi was duly elected Governor by the good people of Rivers state. Any attempt on his life would rightly be seen as an attack against Rivers state and her people,” the opposition affirmed.
Again, the APC has asked Fani-Kayode to retract his comment alleging that the APC, through its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, condemned the federal government for proscribing the terror group, Boko Haram or face a legal action.
In a statement issued yesterday by Mohammed, the party said at no time did it issue a statement condemning the proscription of Boko Haram, and challenged the former minister to produce such a statement if he was so sure the APC issued it.
The APC spokesman said: ‘’I have caused my attorneys to formally write both Fani-Kayode and Channel Television, where he made his allegation, to retract the statement and apologize, failing which I will sue for defamation of character.’’
The party also condemned Fani-Kayode’s description of Boko Haram as the armed wing of the APC, saying the statement is most irresponsible, uncharitable and without basis.
‘’Equally irresponsible and condemnable is Mr. Fani-Kayode’s deliberate distortion of statements made in the past by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to mean that he or his party is a sympathizer of Boko Haram,’’ the party said.
‘’Unfortunately, in his eagerness to please the FG and cut a deal to avoid going to jail, he has resorted to pathological lies aimed at calling the dog a bad name in order to hang it. Whatever evidence he has to prove that our party is a sponsor of Boko Haram, he should be prepared to tender such in court,’’ APC said.