Don’t kidnap Amaechi, Baraje Warns


Akin Akande, Abuja

Worried by an alleged attempt by some unknown people to kidnap the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, with a view to make him resign his position as the Governor of the state, the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned those behind the plot to desist from such.

The PDP faction also warned that such action would only amount to an invitation to anarchy.

The Vanguard newspaper of Friday 18th October, 2013 had carried a report under the headline “Alleged plot to kidnap Amaechi uncovered”. However, we could not get any confirmation of the alleged plot to kidnap the governor.

Nevertheless, the factional PDP, which suffered a major setback as a High Court in Abuja stopped it from parading itself as the new PDP, in a statement issued by his National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said that it is alarmed that some unnamed Abuja-based politicians of Rivers State origin are organising the abduction of the Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, with a view to compelling him to sign his resignation letter.

It stressed that such allegation should not just be waved aside, rather it should be properly investigated.

“This is one allegation which should not be waved aside because there already is a precedent, which is why it is referred to as “the Ngige treatment” – a similar strategy having been used by the political enemies of Dr. Chris Ngige to get him out of the way during his days as Governor of Anambra State,” the breakaway faction said.

The faction’s statement read in part: “Besides, Gov. Amaechi has in the past few months come under such relentless onslaught from his traducers that it would be foolish and too risky to rule out the possibility of their resorting to more dramatic measures in their desperation to illegally and unconstitutionally remove him from office.

“We, however, wish to warn that ‘kidnapping’ His Excellency, Gov. Amaechi, and orchestrating his purported resignation would be an invitation to anarchy. Rt. Hon. Amaechi has the mandate of the good people of Rivers State to govern them until May 29, 2015 and nothing must be done to truncate that sacred mandate.

“We appeal to all Nigerians to condemn this insidious plot and advise those hatching it to have a rethink for the sake of our hard-earned democracy.

“We also urge the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency direct relevant security agencies to investigate this evil plot and bring those behind it to book.

“Enough of this impunity by selfish and misguided politicians who would go to any length to feather their nest even if it would mean plunging the entire nation into avoidable chaos” said the party in the statement

On the High Court ruling which recognised Tukur’s faction of the PDP, the Baraje led PDP faction said it would see the matter to a logical conclusion by going to the Supreme Court.

“Let us reiterate that we will see this issue to a logical conclusion, including going to the Supreme Court, if necessary, to ensure that a non-member of our party does not continue to lord it over us as our National Chairman,” the faction said.

“Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his loyalists should, therefore, not celebrate yet as any such celebration would be short-lived as we are more than ever determined to show him the way out of the exalted position he is illegally occupying,” it added.

“We meanwhile insist that we have every right to continue using the PDP flag, symbol and colours, as we are bonafide members of the party and thus entitled to use them,” it added.