More reactions have trailed the report of an ally of Rotimi Amaechi reportedly blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the predicament of the main opposition party in Rivers State.
However, Chidi Lloyd, the ally of Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, has apologised for insulting President Muhammadu Buhari, TheCable reports.
Lloyd had accused Buhari of turning against members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state. Magnus Abe, senator representing Rivers south-east, had tackled Lloyd, warning those supporting Amaechi against blaming their woes on the President.
But in his response to Abe, Lloyd said the senator colluded with Nyeson Wike, governor of the state, to prevent the APC from gaining power. He also accused Abe of collecting gifts from the governor to frustrate APC, adding that the senator did everything in his power to thwart Buhari’s reelection.
“My attention has been drawn to an orchestrated mischief titled: “Stop Abusing President Buhari, Abe Cautions Amaechi” by Senator Magnus Abe aimed at pushing my personal views as though they were that of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,” he said.
“Ordinarily, and by my nature, I wouldn’t have bothered with a reply to the diatribes but for the damage he intends to do, I want to state categorically that my views are my personal thoughts and should not be credited to any other person other than me. I want to state here that no reasonable member of the APC in Rivers State feels happy over what is happening in Rivers State of which Magnus Abe is part of. As a stakeholder in the politics of Rivers State, I feel sad that a collaboration of Senator Magnus Abe and Governor Wike and their accomplices in the Rivers State Judiciary denied us so much in power structure of Rivers State.”
“Every true Nigerian will agree with me that President Buhari’s emergence and subsequent re-election is the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria. I am a full supporter of President Buhari and I am doing that without regrets. My statement may have sounded harsh, I regret it and take responsibility for that. I am sorry. I spoke in anger because of the collusion of INEC and Wike in Rivers State Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.”
Meanwhile, Magnus Abe, Senator representing Rivers South-East senatorial District, has asked supporters of Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, to stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for their woes.
Abe was reacting to comments made by Chidi Loyd, an ally of Amaechi, who had accused the President of abandoning members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state “when they needed him the most.”
The senator said Nigerians have heard and ignored stories of the abuses rained on the president on a daily basis by those who are supposed to be his supporters and promoters in Rivers. “I was visibly shocked when Hon. Chidi Lloyd, the Director-General of the Amaechi/Cole campaign went on Channels TV to openly abuse the president and blamed President Buhari for the electoral challenges facing the APC in Rivers state,” Abe said in a statement.
“This is most unfortunate. The habit of blaming everyone else for our woes must stop immediately. We had a needless and senseless power tussle in the party even when everyone agreed that the minister was the leader, yet that was Senator Abe’s fault, (because Senator Abe has a gubernatorial ambition as if there is any member of a political party in Nigeria without an ambition).
“APC members in Rivers State went to court for a minor issue that could have been resolved internally in ten minutes, they were accused of being sponsored by Governor Wike. The APC leadership went to physically attack the courts and openly disobeyed court orders and the courts responded by axing the candidates for being products of that disobedience. The judges were accused of being PDP and working for Wike.”
“Now you have gone into an election for which you are clearly ill-prepared, and yet the president gave you everything. Rivers APC had NDDC, Railway, NPA, Shippers Council; Ministry of Transportation, Police, Army, Air Force, DSS and yet you could not win because the INEC REC is PDP. INEC Chairman is PDP, haba!”
The senator sarcastically asked if the president was also working with Wike since he is being blamed for the party’s problems. He noted that if members of the APC had taken their time to remind the people of Buhari’s love for them, the party would have made more sense to the electorate.
“In playing our usual blame game let us leave President Buhari out of it and focus on the real issues facing the party in Rivers state,” he said.
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