- A member of the presidential committee on constitution and electoral reforms accuses Rotimi Amaechi of imposing leaders on the APC in Cross River state
- Utum Eteng calls on Amaechi to concentrate on the politics of Rivers state
- The APC chieftain says the serial defeat the APC has suffered at every election in Rivers state should give Amaechi enough challenge to be worried about
A member of the presidential committee on constitution and electoral reforms has warned former governor of Rivers state and minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to stay off the affairs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state.
Utum Eteng, who is a chieftain of the APC in Cross River, accused the minister of imposing leaders on the APC in Cross River, which he said, had caused divisions and problems in the party.
According to Tribune, the APC chieftain in a statement on Monday, March 6, called on Amaechi to concentrate on the politics of Rivers state and stop meddling in the internal matters of the APC in Cross River.
He said Amaechi is not from Cross River state so he should stop imposing leaders on the APC in the state.
Part of Eteng’s statement read: "One would have passed Amaechi’s alleged interference with the APC in Cross River as mere speculations but one is reluctant to hold otherwise by reason of Amaechi’s alleged recent attempt at a meeting he summoned in his house in Abuja with selected Cross Riverians and Ex-Governor Adams Oshiomole in attendance.”
“Apart from the going which is real. It is still yet to be known whether or not some party leaders in Abuja do not use the name of Amaechi for their selfish gains. It is yet to be known why armed soldiers and policemen were released to intimidate party members at Ikom during an APC Central Senatorial district meeting convened by Cletus Obun on Sunday 28thFebruary, 2017.
“The unannounced agenda was whether or not the state APC Chairman should complete the 4 years term of Pastor Usani Usani before he was appointed minister should come from the district without reaching a decision, it soon became clear that the use of Amaechi’ name to favor one Etim John did not persuade party members. Soldiers and armed policemen were brought into the venue.
“If indeed the allegations that Amaechi’s pre-occupation is to interfere with the APC in Cross River State, the mind boggling question is- what is Amaechi’s real interest in Cross River after his prior over-indulgence in Cross River APC resulted in the sorry state of the party in Cross River over the years."
He said the serial defeat the APC had suffered at every election in Rivers state should give Amaechi enough challenge to be worried about.
He said, he had written to the national chairman of the party, Odiegun Oyegun and other top leaders of the party at the national level to investigate Amaechi’s alleged involvement in APC state matters.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, March 5 called Nigeria again to commiserate with former military head of state General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) over the passing away of his younger sister Kande Martha Audu.
He said: "The President, who called from London, extended his deepest condolences to General Gowon and his family, urging them to take solace in the fact that Mrs. Audu lived a worthy and exemplary life."