As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the 2019 electoral timetable, signalling the commencement of politicking across the country, Transportation Minister, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has asked his Ikwerre kinsmen to forget Rivers State Government House, otherwise known as Brick House in 2019.
This is a sign that the state All Progressives Congress (APC) may still stick to the Upland and Riverine zoning it adopted in the last governorship election in the state.
The former governor of the state made the revelation over the weekend in Isiokpo, headquarters of Ikwerre LGA in a grand reception ceremony organized in his honour by the Ikwerre Youths Movement (IYM).
Observing that the LGA had so far done poorly in the ongoing voters registration exercise, registering only 8400 persons, compared to Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of 55,000 persons, he urged them to troop out to register in order to consolidate their power in the state.
“We must give out power this time to others. But be in a position that when you want the power back, you can take it back at anytime and the only way you can take it back is, you must increase your numbers,” he admonished them.
Mrs Lauretta Onochie, President Buhari’s Special Adviser on Social Media, who represented Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mustapha Boss, in his goodwill message, eulogized the leadership qualities of Amaechi, describing him as the hero of our democracy and enjoined Ikwerre people to support the federal government.
Earlier in his welcome address, the President General of Ikwerre Youths Movement (IYM), Hon Azubuike Nwanjoku, who is also representing Ikwerre constituency in the state House of Assembly, reeled out Amaechi’s achievements and his tireless contributions towards the upliftment of democracy in the state and country pledged the unflinching loyalty and support of Ikwerre people.
However, his estranged political ally and current Senator representing Rivers Southeast Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe was conspicuously absent in the event that was attended by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Usani and other top dignitaries from both within and outside the state.
By Memoye Oghu (PHC)