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Amaechi not willing to handover, says PDP

The chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah says Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s admission of readiness to hand over on May 29 should be backed up by inaugurating a Transition Committee to interface with the Transition Committee inaugurated by the governor-elect, Barr. Nyesom Wike.

Obuah however said it is not true Amaechi is not obstructing the process by not co-operating with the Transition Committee.

Speaking through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, the PDP State chairman, Obuah lamented that with a few weeks to 29 May, Amaechi is yet to set up complementary Transition Committee to ensure a smooth handover.

According to Obuah, Amaechi has no reason not to comply with the rule of law by doing the needful, which is handing over to the governor-elect, Wike on the scheduled date whether he likes it or not.

“It’s a moral obligation and his duty bound to do so, as not doing so is not only undemocratic but also felonious, the PDP Boss reasoned.”

Obuah said the reason why Amaechi has refused to inaugurate his Transition Committee to interface with that of the governor-elect borders on fraudulent practices of his government.

Felix Obuah, Peoples Democratic Party Chairman, Rivers State

According to the PDP Chairman “How can Amaechi explain the failed monorail project, the Justice Karibi Whyte Hospital of over 50 million US Dollars,” he quizzed.

He further asked to Amaechi explain the demolition of primary schools across the state without rebuilding them, noting that, abandoned projects littered the state as well as the non payment of civil servants and pensioners salaries and allowances.

He also accused him of wasting over N5bn to fund the All Progressives Congress, APC structure and owing billions of unpaid loans”

Also dismissing Gov Amaechi’s argument that his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, is already part of the PDP’s Transition Committee to justify his participation, the state chairman while describing the argument as uncharitable, said there is a clear line of distinction between the outgoing administration led by Amaechi taking part in, and facilitating the process of his handover and his deputy, who is a PDP member and does not represent the APC government.

On the allegation of complicity between the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which the APC said was responsible for the PDP’s landslide victory, Obuah advised Amaechi to stop belaboring the issue of the elections since he has approached the election petition tribunal but should do the needful, that is setting up a complementary Transition Committee and cooperating with the governor-elect for a smooth and peaceful handover.

“This is no time for rhetorics. What is expected is simple. Set the machinery in place to move out of Government House for the new governor to come in, rather than surreptitiously inciting people and claiming all the dead in the state including those that died naturally in the hospitals as APC members to curry public sympathy. This is very wrong.

“All we are saying is do the needful just as the PDP has, and is doing at the national level.”

Governor Amaechi had allayed fears that he is not ready to hand over to the incoming PDP government because he refused to set up a Transition Committee to interface with PDP committee by explaining that his deputy governor, Tele Ikuru, who defected to PDP days to the presidential election has been the Chairman of State Executive Council and supervised all major projects in the state and so could provide all the needed information to the incoming administration.

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