The Rivers Sate Government has distanced itself from alleged petitions by sections of the state against the appointment of former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi into the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, even as it described any linkage to such moves as ‘ spurious and inconsequential.’
In a statement by Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah, JP, Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Media & Publicity, Monday, the government said it had no plans to orchestrate petitions or protests against Amaechi.
“It is not only spurious, but fatuous and malicious. Gov Wike has no cause to orchestrate a protest against the appointment of Rotimi Amaechi. Let me reiterate for the umpteenth time that Gov Wike has no nexus with the appointment of Amaechi or otherwise. It is the right of an appointor to appoint anybody of his choice provided such appointment is in sync with the relevant laws.
“The appointment of Amaechi will definitely have no bearing on the governance of Rivers State. There are crucial issues the governor is more concerned with which are issues of the state and not trifles like the appointment of Amaechi.
“It is apparent that the APC in Rivers State has exhausted its basket of lies and barren propaganda but still wants to be heard or noticed despite its waned popularity in the state,” the statement said.
According to Inko-Tariah , the concern of the state government is directed at governance.
“Gov Wike’s concern now is to clear the rubbish Amaechi left behind in his eight years of maladministration that impoverished the state and the people. Therefore, if the APC is dispensing such unfounded falsehood as a stratagem, it has failed. Or, is the APC distraught that Amaechi might not scale through the screening because of his sleazy antecedents? If that is the problem, it should think of how to sort it out and not spread falsehood to gain sympathy. Gov Wike is not interested in Amaechi’s matter because it is inconsequential,” the statement concluded.