Rivers APC crisis: You worked against Tinubu now looking for appointments – Okocha slams Amaechi


The faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers
loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike, has lambasted
the Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi faction for visiting the national secretariat of
the party.


The Publicity Secretary of the APC in Rivers State,
Darlington Nwauju, recently revealed that the party was not
comfortable being sidelined by its own government on the national level.


He said the APC leaders had visited the party’s national
secretariat and met with National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, to sort out the
issue once and for all.


But the loyalists within the Rivers APC and the National
Working Committee met yesterday, and the Tony Okocha-led faction wondered why
the Amaechi’s loyalists should be asking a favour from a presidential candidate
they allegedly worked against during the general election.


The delegation, led by Okocha, a former Chief of Staff to
Amaechi, told Ganduje that whenever they wanted to be considered for
appointments, the party should contact Wike, who he described as the “political
infantry” in the state.


Okocha expressed dismay that a faction of the party in Rivers
State led by Tonye Cole and Dakuku Peterside recently paid a courtesy visit to
the NWC, lobbying for political appointments despite working against the party.


He alleged that prior to the election, Amaechi called a
meeting where he informed them that he had struck a deal with the presidential
candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and directed
them to vote the PDP against the party’s candidate, Bola Tinubu.


Okocha said: “In Rivers State, the leader of the slant to
which Cole and Dakuku, et al, belonged, had helmed up alliances with the PDP
Presidential Candidate, HE, Atiku Abubakar. Atiku and not Tinubu should be
voted for in the presidential election.


“This wicked resolve against the APC in Rivers was openly
announced in a meeting at the instance of the leader at his private residence
in Port Harcourt, thickly attended by Mr. Cole, Dakuku, Chukwudi Dimkpa, et al,
members of the innermost caucus.


“It was handed down that Tinubu must fail in Rivers State.
They were mandated to transport to their supporters in the 6,868 polling units,
319 wards and 23 local government areas in Rivers State.


“We have pictorial, visual and individual testimonies to
this. So, how did they contribute to the party’s presidential victory in Rivers
State and unable to deliver their members who contested National Assembly
elections on the same day?”


Okocha said since 1999, the PDP had always won both the
presidential and governorship elections back to back in Rivers State.


He added: “How did APC win the presidential election in
Rivers State, while the PDP won 13 out of 15 federal constituencies in Rivers
State, losing one to the APC and one to the Labour Party?


“How did the PDP win all three senatorial seats in Rivers
State? How did PDP trounce the APC to a distant second position in the
governorship election in Rivers State?


“What magic could have made it impossible for the PDP not to
win the Presidential Election in Rivers State, even after Amaechi, et al, voted
for the PDP in their units and wards?”


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