By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
A plot allegedly directed at forcing Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State out of office in a way former Governor Chris Ngige of Anambra State was subjected to in 2003 was unveiled, yesterday.
The plot, allegedly aimed at forcing Amaechi out of office through blackmail while being kept incommunicado, it was claimed yesterday, would also involve family members of the embattled governor as co-conspirators.
The plot was made known in a statement by the Rivers’ Peoples Forum, RPF, signed by its president, Mr. Charles Bekwele.
Central to the plot, as disclosed by Bekwele, is that the governor would be seized in the same way Dr. Ngige was held hostage on July 11, 2003, few months after his inauguration as governor of Anambra State and subjected to physical pressures to resign from office on account of alleged differences with his estranged political godfather, Chief Chris Uba.
The point of the blackmail was, however, not detailed in the statement by RPF, which claimed that Amaechi would be seized and forced to record his resignation speech for subsequent broadcast.
The chairman of People Democratic Party PDP fac in the state, Felix Obuah, who has led the campaign against the governor was in a meeting when Vanguard sought his reaction to the statement. A text message sent on the issue had not received a response at press time.
RPF in the statement said: “This fresh plot to illegally remove Governor Amaechi from office is another desperate move by the Abuja cabal that is desperate to remove the governor from office by all means possible. This Abuja cabal has hatched a four-part sinister plot that is planned to end with the governor being blackmailed and threatened to resign from office.
“Incontrovertible information at our disposal indicates that the Abuja cabal working with some expired politicians in the state has planned to execute this plot within three weeks. The hatchet man of the expired politicians is a former Rivers State legislator, who was recently involved in the failed plot to remove the state Speaker Otelemaba Amachree, which led to the fracas in the state Assembly. The said former legislator lobbied the state legislators with promises of huge sums of money to impeach the Speaker.”