Rivers 2019: Amaechi conniving with Amy to arrest PDP members-Wike raises alarm

Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike has accused Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and an army commander of planning to arrest innocent Nigerians and high-ranking PDP members in the State.

Wike alleged that Amaechi and the senior army officer, GOC of 6 Division, want to instigate crisis in the oil-rich state in order to force the nation’s electoral umpire, INEC, to postpone the March 9 elections in Rivers.

The governor made the allegation through Emma Okah, the Commissioner for Information and Communications.

Below is a full statement sanctioned by governor Wike:


Rivers State Government has accused the Minister of Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the GOC of 6 Division, Nigeria Army of masterminding the mass arrest of innocent Nigerians and prominent PDP members in the State.

The essence of the arrests is to precipitate a crisis and cause the INEC to postpone the elections in Rivers State. Failing this, the Minister will use the vacuum created by the absence of arrested leaders and rig the governorship election and force a candidate of his choice against the will of the people.

The State made this accusation through the Commissioner for Information and Communications Emma Okah following the arrest of the State Commissioner for Education Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo Jaja and his family by soldiers this evening in Port Harcourt.

We have been saying it repeatedly that the Minister of Transportation has been commanding the army in Port Harcourt to do unprofessional things and the crisis are spreading.

He has been boasting that he has brought soldiers from Sokoto and other states to carry out his political agenda of disrupting or rigging elections on Saturday.

According to the statement, any arrested person would be kept behind bars till after the governorship elections in the State.

A lot of Prominent persons have been penciled down for arrest. Some of them are His Excellency Sir Celestine Omehia, former Gov of Rivers State; Rt Hon Austin Opara, former Dep Speaker of House of Reps; State PDP Chairman Bro Felix Obuah; Elder statesman Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, former Chairman of UBA; Sen Okaka Nwogu; Chief Sergeant Awuse; Sen Lee Maeba; Dr Tammy Danagogo, former Sports Minister; Dr Abiye Sekibo, former Transport Minister; Amb Desmond Akawor, former Nig Ambassador to South Korea; Prince Emma Anyanwu; Sir Kenneth Kobani, SSG; Ejor N Ejor, Prof Blessing Didia, members of Rivers State House of Assembly; PDP candidates and National Assembly members elect; Alabo David Briggs, all commissioners and special advisers; Local Government Council Chairmen, Senator Thompson Sekibo, Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, etc.

In light of this development, the government calls on all PDP members not to be cowed by this development but be vigilant and resist arrest by these people.

Emma Okah
Commissioner of Information and Communications

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