RIVERS GUBER RACE: AMAECHI BLASTS SEKIBO ON SECURITY
Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has assured Rivers people of continued and adequate security, saying they will sleep with their two eyes closed if he is re-elected into office in April this year.
Governor Amaechi made this promise when he inaugurated members of his re-election campaign team at the PDP state secretariat in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
While speaking on the occassion, Amaechi commented on a statement credited to the gubernatorial candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state and former transport minister, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, during the formal opening of his campaign office in Port Harcourt that he would provide security that will make Rivers people sleep with their two eyes wide open if voted into office.
According to Amaechi, 'last night I was listening to the statement of one of the parties that said you will sleep with your two eyes wide open if you vote for them. If your two eyes are open, are you sleeping? Surely, you are not. In our government, you have been sleeping and will continue to sleep with your two eyes closed. We are not assuring our people of security because we already have security. Those who caused the insecurity in the past are now coming back to assure us of security.
They had visited us with insecurity, ran away to Abuja, now, we have secured the town, they are back to bring insecurity.' 'You can't cause insecurity and go to secure your life in Abuja only to come back to govern Rivers State. You can only govern Rivers State when you have secured the lives of our people. You can't govern Rivers State from Abuja because you won't know what is good or bad in Rivers State, you won't know the sufferings of our people,' he said.
Amaechi challenged Dr. Sekibo to show to Rivers people what he did to better their lives when he was in office as SSG in the previous administration of Dr. Peter Odili, noting that those who led the state into lawlessness and insecurity in the past were now coming back to ask for votes from the same people upon whom they inflicted hardship and pains. Governor Amaechi however told members of his campaign team to concentrate on issues-based campaigns.
He said, 'We must not be arrogant about our successes, we will not allow our people to be deceived, we must be humble and show the people that having served them, we will serve them better'.
'We will not allow any criminal who breaks the law to go scot-free including those who are running elections. Nobody will be above the law; we must continue to deliver on our promises to the people. Whatever we promise our people we must do. We must keep to our promises and be held accountable for our promises', he said.