– From Akanimo Sampson —
THE ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria, has again taken on Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, who is suspected to be spurred by forces allegedly seeking to subvert the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, saying the hard-fighting governor is unconcern to the welfare of the critically injured lawmaker representing Obio/Akpor State Constituency II, Hon Michael Chinda.
Chinda was repeatedly hit on the head and his jaw by the Leader of the state House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, in a violent fracas that rocked the polarised legislative assembly on July 9. A London hospital is battling to rescue his life from the fangs of death.
The PDP said the embattled governor takes delight in hosting ”arranged solidarity visits” than being remorseful and let go of his alleged unforgiving spirit.
State Chairman of the party, Felix Obuah, in a wire statement to AkanimoReports on Monday, through his Special Adviser on Media, Jerry Needam, lashed out on Amaechi, while on a visit to the injured lawmaker in a London hospital in company of some prominent political leaders from the state.
Obuah regretted that despite the frightening state of the lawmaker’s health occasioned by the devastating attack on him by Lloyd, who is allegedly being shielded away by the state government from the police who have since declared him wanted for alleged attempted murder, Governor Amaechi has allegedly not deemed it worthwhile to ask after his welfare.
”Rather he chose to be hosting solidarity visits from his instigators at the expense of the depleting Rivers resources”, the PDP chair said.
Continuing, the party said, ”since the unfortunate incident of July 9, 2013 at the state House of Assembly, Governor Amaechi has neither visited the injured lawmaker, his family, nor made any inquiries about his welfare. This very unfortunate and inhuman”.
Also speaking, Minister of State for Education, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, expressed shock at what he described as ”uncanny and barbaric character” of the legislator being wanted by the police. The minister however, thanked God that the injured lawmaker is still alive and enjoined his constituents and family members to remain calm, stressing that justice must be given on the matter.
Other prominent leaders who accompanied the state chair of the PDP on the trip include former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, former Transport Minister, Dr Abiye Sekibo, former National Treasurer of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Kenneth Kobani and a former Sports Commissioner, Boma Iyaye.
They all severely condemned the ”brutal physical assault” on Chinda, describing it as pre-meditated, bizarre, evil and vicious. They claimed that the injurer and all those in support of the attack are ”heartless, animalistic and lacking integrity”.
In the mean time, Amaechi’s loyalists have called on President Jonathan, National Chair of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, Chair of the party’s Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, to urgently call Wike, and Obuah to order in a frantic bid to stop the situation in the state from boiling over.
They spoke as Governor Amaechi continued to launch political missiles at Jonathan and his wife, Patience. He said they are bent on removing him as the governor of the state.