The All Progressive Congress on Sunday described the alleged plot to force Governor Rotimi Amaechi to resign, as a ‘’last desperate act’’ to frustrate him out of office.
The APC in a statement by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also condemned the reported plot to abduct and blackmail the governor.
Mohammed noted that the alleged plot, which was exposed by the Rivers Peoples Forum, should be taken seriously, against the background of a similar occurrence in the past and the outcry by Amaechi that his life was in danger.
The APC spokesperson said, “Anyone who thinks this alarm by the Rivers Peoples Forum is outlandish should remember what happened to the then Anambra State governor Chris Ngige, who was abducted and rough-handled in 2003 in what is undoubtedly the most egregious violation of democratic institutions in our country’s history.”
He said the instigators and perpetrators of the crisis in Rivers were keenly aware that they were running out of options.
He said, “Their impeachment plan has been foiled by the take over of the legislative functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly’s functions by the the National Assembly, while their plan to declare a state of emergency in the state had also failed, against the lack of support for such act by the National Assembly.
“This is the reason for this last desperate act by an increasingly-desperate Presidency, which may not exclude a final solution.
“We are therefore, for the umpteenth time, calling on civil society and human rights organisations, opinion leaders and indeed all lovers of democracy and believers in constitutional rule to intervene to stop the runaway culture of impunity in Rivers State.”
The APC added that it was instructive that a day after the Rivers Peoples Forum exposed the plot against Amaechi, the PDP chairman in Rivers, Mr. Felix Obuah, allegedly called a press conference where he accused the governor of ‘’insulting and dragging the names of President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience to the mud.”