Rivers APC Dismisses Rumours of Crisis, Says No Quarrel Between Peterside And Semenitari

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State Chapter, has dismissed

rumours of a brewing crisis among its ranks, declaring that the party

remains focused and united more than ever, as none of its leaders is

fighting with another.
The party specifically declared that there is no iota of truth in the

rumour of disaffection between its governorship candidate in the 2015

election, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and the Acting Managing Director of the

Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Mrs. Ibim Semenitari.

“This satanic rumour originated and being spread by the Rivers State

Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a wicked lie from the pit

of hell and has no foundation whatsoever. We urge our teeming members and

supporters, as well as the good people of Rivers State and the general

public to totally ignore it as it is a desperate strategy by the

floundering PDP to shore up its image ahead of the forthcoming Assembly

re-run elections, for which PDP has become jittery because of the imminent

defeat staring it in the face,” Rivers APC said in a statement signed by

the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
The statement issued Friday in Port Harcourt laughed off the

unintelligent attempt by Rivers PDP to blackmail Mrs. Semenitari for

accompanying the visiting Senate delegation to the Niger Delta on a

courtesy visit to Governor Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port

Harcourt, on Wednesday . “How can the performance of a simple official

duty by the Acting NDDC Managing Director amount to disloyalty to APC and

a fictional quarrel with Dr. Peterside over the 2019 governorship

ticket?” Rivers APC asked. “Many of the Distinguished Senators whom Mrs.

Semenitari escorted to the Government House to see Governor Nyesom Wike

are also APC members, so does their visit mean that they are also

disloyal to the APC?” the statement asked.
It dismissed the rumour as a poor hatchet job by Wike and PDP's

propaganda team to cause disaffection among the Rivers APC leadership,

adding, however: “This plot is dead on arrival because we are too

intelligent and too close-knit a family to be deceived by such a

fallacious and wicked falsehood intended to distract us from the urgent

task of winning the forthcoming State and National Assembly re-run

“Mrs. Semenitari is an accomplished administrator who knows where to draw

the line between her official duties and politics. As head of NDDC, she

has a statutory role that covers the six states of South-South that

includes Rivers State plus the two states of Abia and Imo in the

South-East and Ondo State in the South-West. The Senate is probing the 16

years of NDDC and if the investigating Senators are to visit the Rivers

State Governor on issues pertaining to NDDC, are we saying that the Acting

NDDC MD should not accompany them because she is an APC chieftain even

while most of the Senate Committee members are also APC members?

“For the avoidance of doubt, Rivers State APC Leadership, including Dr.

Peterside, is happy with Mrs. Semenitari and proud of her, as her

commitment and loyalty to the APC cause has never been in doubt. She has

been one of the arrow heads of this struggle and one of the most

persecuted among us. As a matter of fact, she was the only one invited to

appear before the then dreaded National Security Adviser to erstwhile

President Goodluck Jonathan when the heat was on us at Rivers State. Apart

from this, she was one of our Principals targeted to be assassinated by

the PDP hoodlums at the Okirika rally attack. Her house in Port Harcourt

was attacked immediately Wike took over as Governor and her personal jeep

towed away by the Wike regime just to publicly disgrace her. So if anybody

is trying to blackmail her for any reason such a person is embarking on a

mission impossible.
“It is worth stressing that we have no Dakuku faction or any faction or

factions but one united, compact, virile and vibrant Rivers APC under the

leadership of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. As for the purported

intrigues about 2019, that does not deserve any attention because it just

does not make sense as we cannot start talking about 2019 when we have not

concluded the 2015 elections.”
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