Why Rivers People Booed Amaechi, By PDP
RIVERS State wing of the polarized Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said that Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who is locked in bitter political battle with President Goodluck Jonathan, was responsible for the mob action against him at the Port Harcourt Airport, on Thursday.
The governor who was at the airport to welcome Jonathan, was booed by a mob.
PDP says the mob’s action was an indication of their grievances and dissatisfaction with the governor’s alleged earlier directive to citizens, particularly his wife, members of his cabinet, aides and supporters to boycott the burial activities of Madam Charity Fyneface Oba, mother of President Jonathan’s wife, Patience, which commenced Thursday, in the state capital.
According to the party, following the governor’s alleged order, no state functionary was present at the service of songs, which took place in the morning hours of the day at the Port Harcourt Polo Club. The party then wondered why Amaechi and his wife, Judith, had to shun such a solemn occasion.
PDP however, expressed joy over the success of the burial activities as citizens defied the alleged executive order and massively participated in the activities, claiming that it is a demonstration of their love, support and acceptance of the president’s family and party in the state.
Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman of the PDP, who made the party position known to AkanimoReports, also noted that Amaechi’s action showed how mean and determined he is to ensure that President Jonathan and his wife are denied the honour they deserve at home from citizens.
”It is most regrettable that even the solemnity of such occasion does not appeal to the conscience of Amaechi to the extent that he directed his wife, and officials to shun Mrs. Jonathan, and not to be seen around the venues of any of the mother’s burial activities. It is quite unfortunate that Amaechi should display such laissez-faire attitude towards the burial of the mother of a president’s wife”, PDP said.