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We Are Ready For Handover, Says Amaechi

By From Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
09 May 2015   |   6:04 am
RIVERS State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has expressed the readiness of his administration to handover on May 29.


RIVERS State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, has expressed the readiness of his administration to handover on May 29.

Amaechi, who dismissed rumours that he would not be handing over the reins of governance on the date, wondered what he would be doing in office after May 29.

The governor, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, averred that the entire cabinet had made ready their notes preparatory to the terminal date of his regime.

“We are ready for handover unlike the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre that is busy making new appointments and sacking people.

“They have refused to brief the Muhammadu Buhari Transition Team and the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not screaming blue murder. Rather, the APC at the centre is meeting and planning and preparing for governance.”

Amaechi alleged that rather than support democracy, PDP has been busy doctoring election results and the Voters’ Register.

“Unfortunately in Rivers State, the PDP is busy doctoring election results, doctoring Voters’ Register so as to cover their stolen mandate, and crying wolf to cover their mischief,” Amaechi said.

He added that whoever would take over from him has no reason to panic.

Amaechi also dismissed insinuations that the outgoing regime had been uncooperative with the PDP and its candidate, which won the governorship election, saying the PDP already has everything going for it.

He added: “They stole the outcome of the April 11 election and gave no hoot; they declared their candidates winners with the criminal connivance of INEC and cared less about local, national and international opinion that what took place in Rivers state on April 11 was everything but an election. The more APC had pushed for electoral materials, which are statutory demands of an electoral litigation, the farther PDP and INEC had kept it, and seemingly, they have had their way. So, they have all going for them. They have nothing to worry about.

“If and when Mr. Ezebuwon Nyesom Wike will be sworn in, the issue of handover notes and other statutory briefings should not be any worry to him. Already Wike has as part of his transition team the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Renner Ikuru, who is Vice Chairman of the Rivers State Executive Council, and who is abreast of all projects and Programmes of the current administration, having chaired many sensitive state government committees as well as state cabinet meetings.”

He advised the PDP to learn from the APC, which has not raised any hairs despite alleged deliberate steps at the centre to provoke the party.

“Governor Amaechi has not made any new appointment as he knows he is leaving office, unlike what the PDP is doing at the centre. They are busy sacking and making appointments, functions that should be entirely left for the incoming Administration.

Provocative as it is, APC has rather, concerned itself with continued preparations to give Nigerians good governance. APC has refused to dance to PDP’s evil drumbeats, choosing to show maturity,” he added.