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