THE frosty political relations between President Goodluck Jonathan, and Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, took a turn for the worse on Wednesday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when a supporter of the embattled governor declared the Jonathan administration as a failure.
James Kobah, a labour and political activist in Rivers, and supporter of Governor Amaechi, says the foremost Ijaw leader and former Information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, should be held responsible for the failure of the Jonathan administration.
He also wants the Ijaw leader to leave Governor Amaechi alone and refrain from allegedly witch-hunting the Rivers state governor, and accordingly accused Clark of allegedly misleading President Jonathan in the current political crisis in the country.
He said, ”Clark did not show political wisdom when he recently called for the immediate expulsion of Governor Amaechi from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for alleged anti-party activities” and called on Clark to go home and “rest since he has nothing to offer Mr President”.
Continuing, he said, ”the Ijaw leader should also be held responsible for the failure of the Jonathan administration. Clark says he has a new wife at 84. He should rest at home and manage his new wife since he has nothing to offer Mr President.
”We are not happy over what is going on now in the state, especially when people like Clark are involved in misleading Mr President. We want to ask him (Clark) to leave Amaechi and Rivers State alone. He can continue to deceive Mr President if Mr President decides to accept his advice. There is a crisis of this magnitude in which people, governors, national and state Assembly members are pulling out of the PDP and he’s still there deceiving Mr. President.
“When Amaechi became governor of this state, most of us anticipated that he would have problems with some people because of his philosophy, his concept of government. Amaechi is one man who enjoyed justice to become governor of this state, so I think that influenced his character and of course, his very first pronouncement was that this government is not a continuation of any previous government. Government House was spending about N1.3 billion monthly on Government House, when Amaechi came in he cut it to about N400 million, this shows some level of prudence and commitment. There should be no bias about it.”
While describing Amaechi as a brilliant and focused political leader who should not be punished for ‘nursing’ any political ambition, the activist harped on the strategic importance of the state in the electoral fortunes of the polarized PDP.