By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, has raised alarm over alleged renewed attempts by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, to tarnish image the immediate past governor of the State, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, through among others, sponsored Television documentaries, sponsored publications such as advertorials, columns, editorials and OpEd articles in major international, national and local print media.
According to the party, other propaganda tools planned to be deployed in the war against Amaechi included sponsored personality discussion programmes in the electronic media and sponsored special documentaries for television and radio through independent groups and organisations.
While declaring the former governor clean and untainted by corruption, APC urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to disregard desperate efforts by Chief Nyesom Wike, to tarnish Amaechi’s image.
Rivers APC in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday and signed by its State Chairman, Dr. Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, said, “We make bold to say that if there is any clean and spotless former governor in Nigeria, that person is Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Anybody who knows Amaechi well enough would readily testify that he is an honest, sincere but courageous gentleman, a first-class patriot who is ever ready to go the extra mile to see that Nigeria becomes a better place for the present and future generations.”
The party condemned Chief Wike’s desperation to drag Amaechi’s name in the mud, the latest phase of which centres around a sponsored documentary on Amaechi being aired on Africa Independent Television, AIT.
According to the statement, “This satanic documentary is only part of Wike’s propaganda war against Amaechi for which the Governor of Rivers State has earmarked billions of naira in his wicked plot to destroy and decimate the person and character of Amaechi. Other propaganda tools planned to be deployed in the war against Amaechi include sponsored publications such as advertorials, columns, editorials and OpEd articles in major international, national and local print media; sponsored personality discussion programmes in the electronic media and sponsored special documentaries for television and radio through independent groups and organisations.
“This insidious plot by Wike include commissioning a team made up of persons within and outside the state to ‘initiate, formulate and contrive false damaging reports bordering on alleged corrupt practices of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and circulate same to individuals and institutions within Nigeria and abroad with a view to damaging the incorruptible character and rising profile of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi in order to blackmail and put pressure on President Buhari not to appoint the former governor into his government. These cooked reports will be sent to the US Embassy, UK High Commission, EU Commission, and several international organisations such as Transparency International, amongst others. The forged reports will also be sent to local and foreign media houses such as the BBC (Hausa Service), Dutch Radio, VOA (Hausa Service), amongst others’ for repeated publication and airing.”
Rivers APC dismissed the allegations against Amaechi as a replication of the documentary terrorism Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP deployed against President Muhammadu Buhari during the campaigns for the 2015 general elections, saying “It is not surprising that the medium for airing the documentary is the same AIT that angered decent Nigerians with documentaries that disparaged the present President of Nigeria and his family members in a failed bid to make Nigerians not to vote for him.
The anti-Amaechi documentary is simply aimed at driving a wedge between the President and the former governor in the hope that President Buhari would be blackmailed into leaving Amaechi out of his government,” Rivers APC said.