Northern Gov’s Visit To Amaechi: Rivers PDP lambasts Amaechi’s Information Commissioner Over Comments On Peaceful Protest

By Jerry Needam, JP Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria
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The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has cautioned the state Commissioner of Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari to observe decorum on her comments on issues pertaining to the state which the party said are inciting and portraying the Rivers people in bad light.

The party in a statement issued and signed by the Special Adviser to the State Chairman on Media, Jerry Needam regrets the way and manner Mrs. Semenitari has turned lying and deceit to a tradition in the state by not informing people rightly in her desperate bid to save her boss, Gov. Chibuike Amaechi who is busy creating more crisis in the state.

The Media Adviser, Jerry Needam said the peaceful protest by a group of Rivers youths who gathered at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa this morning, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 was apparently to disapprove of the solidarity visit to Gov. Amaechi by four Northern Governors.

Jerry Needam regrets that while Gov. Amaechi remains recalcitrant and is bent on creating more confusion in the state, his information commissioner, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari continues to leave her mouth wide open to lie to the unsuspecting Rivers and the Nigerian people.

He queried when it became conventional for governors and politicians to pay solidarity visits to their colleagues in other states, abandoning their own responsibilities at home if they are not taking advantage of a tele-guided fellow who has turned the state to a goldmine to all manner of diggers at the expense of the deprived starved Rivers people.

While the party would not support any group of persons in whatever guise to indulge in any act that can breach the peace or brew crisis in the state, the party also demands to know why Governor Amaechi's Information Commissioner would always describe those opposed to Ameachi's excesses as thugs whether they are expressing their views on Paper, radio or physically, but when such protestations are in favour of Amaechi, such persons are hailed as solidarity visitors etc.

'On the visit by the Governors of Jigawa, Kano, Niger and Adamawa States as well as Prof. Wole Soyinka, we see it as unnecessary, and is only meant to aggravate the political crisis in the state. It's the like of these visitors from across the country that are encouraging Amaechi not to have regard for the Rivers people, elders and constituted authorities in the state which is unfortunate.

This visit to Amaechi is certainly political and aimed at aggravating the crisis in the state and is therefore not welcomed by the people of the state. We also condemn in very strong terms Mrs. Ibim Semenitari's attempt to link the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike to the protest against the visit of the four Northern governors to Govt. House Port Harcourt.

This is another strategy to divert the attention of the public from the numerous evil plots by Gov. Amaechi to ensure there is no peace in the state, so that he will continue to rip off the state with his few acolytes', the PDP Media Adviser declared.

Jerry Needam
SA, Media To PDP State Chair