Rivers crisis: Nothing must happen to Amaechi - APC govs

ALL the 11 governors of the yet-to-be registered All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, formed a forum, christened Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), and warned that nothing must happen to the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, while it also condemned the crisis in the state House of Assembly.

The governors are Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo; Babatunde Fashola of Lagos; Rauf Aregbesola of Osun; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Adams Oshiomhole of Edo; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Rochas Okorocha of Imo; Kashim Shettima of Borno; Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa; Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara.

The governors lamented that anti-democratic forces were using security agencies to threaten and intimidate the Rivers State governor.

“Anti-democratic forces are now using security agencies to threaten and intimidate Governor Amaechi and, in the process, engineer anarchy and endanger innocent lives and property in Rivers State.

“This is not only a condemnable act, but a gross abuse of power. We strongly call on President Goodluck Jonathan to not only exercise his moral authority, but also apply his constitutional responsibilities to ensure the restoration of peace and protection of the governor and all citizens.

“Should the crisis in Rivers State continue and anything happen to the governor or any official for that matter, the Nigerian leadership wouldn’t be absolved of responsibility,” they said.

The governors also condemned the crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly, saying it was an attempt to create state of emergency in the state.

They also condemned the role of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu, in the crisis.

“All available evidence surrounding the events of Tuesday and Wednesday indicated that Mbu and his men did not act in a professional manner.
Before now, the state police commissioner has exhibited very clear bias against the governor and other state officials. This is a dangerous development that would only produce anarchy with unpredictable consequences.

“As it is today, the orderly conduct of democratic institutions in Rivers States have been impaired and the life of Governor Amaechi and his team are in great danger. The constitutional responsibility of the state House of Assembly is being impeded and, in the circumstance, the House of Representatives has voted to take over the functions of the state House of Assembly, as provided under Section 11(4) of the 1999 Constitution,” they said.
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