Whatever once the power to float your boat can still rock your world. Today’s friends can become tomorrow’s enemies. The ones who once put an hedge around to protect you from danger can also break the hedge and push you to the edge of the cliff. Often times, those who engage in extreme morality are prone to attacks and eventual fall, just as a mango tree with ripened fruits are bound to attract the stones and sticks of a desperate eater. It is no longer news that the former Governor of Rivers State and ‘strongman’ of the opposition PDP, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is the most trending politician in Nigeria today. This two time Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and a two time governor of the state seems to be in the eye of the storm.
Amaechi is currently facing a hard time in the muddy political rivers of his state as the current government in his state headed by Nyesom Wike, his former man Friday and Chief of Staff is on a vendetta mission to not only cripple him politically but to ensure that he adorns the prisoner’s clothes. The government of Wike is standing on the threshold as it faces judicial litmus test over its scandalous victory at the Election Petition Tribunal. No right thinking politician worth his salt would fold his hands and watch such a man assume a powerful position again. Wike understands the true colour of Abuja power or what many call federal might. Therefore, he must fight albeit dirty to ensure that Amaechi does not come close to that position. He has this employed all arsenals at his disposal to achieve this goal. Though his traducers are mostly those, he had shown exceptional magnanimity, Amaechi’s ordeal stems from his errors while in power.
The things he failed to do are the things his political enemies are doing today. In 2007, when he came to power through a landmark judgement of the Supreme Court, he should have wielded the big stick against those who fought against his candidature. Amaechi’s Chief political adviser cum Chief of Staff, Nyesom Wike has urged him to implement the report of the Justice Kayode Eso panel of the Truth and Reconciliation Panel which had indicted former Governor Peter Odili and former SSG, Abiye Sekibo among others. But the ex governor would not yield to such pressure. However, that was not to be as Amaechi practically refused to implement the report of the panel.
He had hoped that his reason for setting up the panel which was for the purpose of reconciling Rivers people after a turbulent era of communal clashes, militancy and kidnapping, youth restiveness and the gruesome murder of two prominent sons of the State, Marshall Harry and A.K. Dikibo of blessed memory. On the contrary, Wike wanted their prosecutions. No, Amaechi would not hard to any such advice. He could not for the same of his political father, Odili. Not even an attempt was made to stop Odili from securing an injunction against the state government. Even when he succeeded, Amaechi failed to assemble his legal team to vacate the order through the Appeal Court. Today, those he set free are part of the grand design to indict him through a White paper, ostensibly to put him behind bars. Amaechi failed to stiffle his enemies of funds. Again, Amaechi failed to divest the shares of the Rivers State Government from AIT, a larger chunk of money invested in the then ailing television house.
There was enormous pressure by the then Chief of Staff and today Governor as well as his lawyers to either withdraw the state funds from AIT or change the Rivers Reps in the Board of Directors namely Emma Okah, Toru Ofili and Sheddrach Akolokwu. However, he refused because it would seem as a vendetta against the trio. Today, AIT leads the pack of the section of the media running hate documentaries against him. Amaechi had the opportunity of allowing Felix Obuah, the State PDP Chairman to die when he was shot by assassins who left him half dead with bullets shattering his lower body. He quickly ordered that Obuah betaken to South Africa in an Air Ambulance for medical treatment. Despite the fact that Obuah had abandoned him after the K-leg to publicly, pledge his support for Celestine Omehia, Amaechi’s rival. When it was time to stop Senator George Sekibo as a second time Senator in 2011, Rotimi Amaechi misfired. He conceded to the pressure from Patience
Jonathan to allow Sekibo her kinsman a second chance. Amaechi ‘s ally, Andrew Uchendu desires to replace Sekibo but was stopped.
Today, Sekibo whom he graciously supported against the wish of most of his supporters, is the devil’s advocate in a bid to stop Amaechi’s ministerial confirmation.
Culled from: http://dailytimes.com.ng/errors-of-amaechi-and-weapons-of-his-enemies/