2019: Amaechi predicts politics that’ll play out in Rivers

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has predicted the politics that will play out in Rivers State come 2019.

Amaechi is confident that there will be power rotation in the state where he was governor for eight years.

He spoke in Port Harcourt at a defection ceremony for members of a socio-political group from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Predictably, the former governor has been criticised for the position.

But Amaechi said he would continue to speak despite attacks on his person on the basis of his position.

“I have been crucified, misunderstood, accused of being disrespectful and blunt because of my position on rotation in Rivers but I sincerely stand on it; power must rotate in this state.

“I am an Ikwerre man, we held power for eight years and by default another Ikwerre man is in the Government House.

“It is important that in a multi-ethnic and plural state like Rivers, power must be seen to rotate to maintain equity and fairness; this is why people want to crucify me,” he said.

Amaechi urged the defectors to join hands with APC to elect a government that would represent justice in 2019.

“We are Rivers people, we all own this state; it’s not anybody’s private property.

“Be assured that you all have stakes in this party, and so the welfare of all citizens of Rivers is our responsibility,’’ he said.

He said APC will continue to encourage Governor Nyesom Wike to do the right things.

“Nobody is an island of knowledge; we must make him to learn from good Nigerians, emulate other people and bring the dividends of democracy to the state.

“We want a state where the federal allocations are properly utilised to the benefit of the people,” he added.

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