NGF: Amaechi is a traitor-Asari-Dokubo

By The Citizen

Former militant and leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, yesterday described Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as a traitor to the cause of the Niger Delta by seeking re-election as Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).

Many supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan including Asari-Dokubo regard Amaechi's decision to contest the election which he won as a slight on the President.

Asari-Dokubo, speaking on a phone-in radio programme in Port Harcourt, accused the governor of confronting the President, a fellow Niger Delta citizen and working against his interest for s second term in office in 2015.

He declared that the re-elected chairman of the NGF (Amaechi) would be treated like a traitor, having been confronting President Jonathan, his kinsman from the Niger Delta, who wants to seek re-election in 2015.

But the Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Emmanuel Chinda, dismissed Asari-Dokubo's claim and said opponents of the governors are bad losers.

Chinda said it is Asari-Dokubo and a few others who are creating problems between President Jonathan and the Rivers governor for their selfish interests.

The former militant said of the governor: 'Amaechi and his ambition must be tied to the ambition of his people. In Kano, Amaechi said he would run as vice-president, if invited. I speak with all sense of responsibility. The oppressed people of the Niger Delta, through President Jonathan, will win in 2015. We will win clearly and convincingly.

'Amaechi is a traitor and he will be treated like a traitor. Amaechi is not more Ikwerre than me. It is about liberty to rule. Amaechi wants to take us back to slavery. It will not be possible. The era of Northern godfathers is gone.

'President Goodluck Jonathan will win in 2015. If they do not allow him to win, they will not be able to handle the consequences. End must come to the suppression, oppression, repression and marginalisation of the people of the Niger Delta.'