President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday warned the Rivers state governor, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, to halt the culture of denigrating the highest office in the country and stop the campaign of calumny against him.
The President, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in response to allegations made against him by the Rivers state governor, stated, “Governor Rotimi Amaechi took his obnoxious willingness to denigrate the highest office in the land in a reckless bid to advance his selfish political interests to a new level of irresponsible and rascally behaviour yesterday in Port Harcourt with his totally false and baseless vituperations against President Jonathan, the First Lady and the Federal Government.
“It appears from the Governor’s completely unfounded and off-the-mark allegations that he had totally lost all sense of propriety, decorum and responsible political behaviour and resorted to unacceptable demagoguery, libel, blackmail and incitement of public disorder.
“Unless his unbridled ambition and desire for self- promotion have completely befuddled his mental faculties and caused him to totally lose touch with reality, Governor Amaechi must know that his claims and allegations are untrue.
“We can only assume therefore that he is deliberately spewing malicious falsehood in a desperate effort to incite the people of Rivers State and Nigeria against his assumed political foes.
“We warn him that there are legal, constitutional and moral limits to political rascality beyond which he will not be allowed to go without repercussions.
“The immunity which he currently enjoys notwithstanding, Governor Amaechi should be under no illusions: A day of reckoning will surely come when he will answer for all his actions and false allegations against President Jonathan, the First Lady and the Federal Government.
The Governor should stop trying to make President Jonathan the scapegoat for his woeful performance in Rivers state and look to his own very apparent failings and incompetencies.