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Presidency Warns Rivers Gov. Amaechi to Desist from “Political Rascality and Blackmail”



Amaechi vs Patience

The presidency has dispelled allegations made by Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, against First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, and has urged him to desist from “political rascality and blackmail.”

According to Leadership, Amaechi had delivered a speech at a university graduation ceremony in Port Harcourt in which he alleged that the First Lady was angry with him because of his refusal to illegally share the state’s funds with her.

In a statement released yesterday by presidential spokesman Reuben Abati, the presidency refuted the allegations, and warned the governor to desist from making such accusations.

Read the statement below:

Governor Rotimi Amaechi took his obnoxious willingness to denigrate the highest office in the land in a reckless bid to advance his selfish political interests to a new level of irresponsible and rascally behaviour in Port Harcourt with his totally false and baseless vituperations against President Jonathan, the First Lady and the Federal Government.

It appears from the governor’s completely unfounded and off-the-mark allegations that he had totally lost all sense of propriety, decorum and responsible political behaviour and resorted to unacceptable demagoguery, libel, blackmail and incitement of public disorder.

Unless his unbridled ambition and desire for self- promotion have completely befuddled his mental faculties and caused him to totally lose touch with reality, Governor Amaechi must know that his claims and allegations are untrue.

We can only assume therefore that he is deliberately spewing malicious falsehood in a desperate effort to incite the people of Rivers State and Nigeria against his assumed political foes.

We warn him that there are legal, constitutional and moral limits to political rascality beyond which he will not be allowed to go without repercussions.

The immunity which he currently enjoys notwithstanding, Governor Amaechi should be under no illusions:  A day of reckoning will surely come when he will answer for all his actions and false allegations against President Jonathan, the First Lady and the Federal Government.

He should also know that Nigerians are aware of the truth and will never be fooled or swayed by his arrant opportunism and anti-Jonathan rantings.

Nigerians know that while Mr. Amaechi falsely accuses others of corruption, he cannot show or explain to the people of Rivers State what he has done with the billions of Naira that has accrued to the state under his tenure. They also know that while Amaechi continues to falsely accuse the Jonathan Administration of having done nothing for Rivers State, he has recklessly squandered huge state resources on dubious, vain-glorious projects or self aggrandizement.

Nigerians will know too that while he falsely alleges that Rivers and other states have not received funds due to them from the Federation account, the only outstanding allocation was for September, which was released to all states well over a week ago.

The Governor should stop trying to make President Jonathan the scapegoat for his woeful performance in Rivers State and look to his own very apparent failings and incompetencies.

He should also stop blackmailing the First Lady who has demanded nothing from him other than good governance, justice, equity, fairness, real development and progress in Rivers State.


  1. annonymous

    October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Ameachi is a desperate fool,he. Has failed on and he is a big loser.if he had said something better i would have sided him but not dis rubbish.

  2. Busarni

    October 27, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Amaechi, suffering from diarrhea of the mouth since 1999. He fights like a typical woman; wonder how he leads his home-front..

    • Mohammad

      October 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Fights like a typical woman? Is that meant to be an insult? Sexism and Gender stereotyping have a long way to go here. This is exactly why we have males parading around with fake machismo that they are supposed to have; and some women have no choice but to take a machete to them in their sleep.

  3. Bola Odu

    October 27, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Ahahha God will help una settle the case.

  4. Mohammad

    October 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

    All dat grammar where you could have just said “It’s a lie!”? And you accuse him of demagoguery? I smell a rat!

    • benny

      October 27, 2014 at 9:50 am

      You want the presidency to send out a statement with the following words… “it’s a lie”? Hian! #PresidencyNotMotorParkAssociation

    • Mohammad

      October 27, 2014 at 10:36 am

      That was obviously meant tongue-in-cheek! There was too much tautology in there where a simple refutal and demand for evidence would have been enough. For all that grammar, I am still not convinced, so why waste everybody’s time?
      Some Nigerians always think say to blow grammar to confuse us dey work.

  5. Beeeee

    October 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I wonder what Amaechi would do if GEJ wins the election…..


    October 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Amaechi prepare to kill yourself when GEJ takes another oath of office come 2015!!! foolish man.

  7. Ceetoo

    October 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    How come no one is asking if this allegation is true or not? we are just abusing the guy… is this not the same woman as the first lady was made a per sec in Bayelsa? or the one fighting for land with another former first lady? We just don’t rationalize in this country we all just jump and abuse everybody as long as it don’t sit well with us. today we abuse the first lady if it does not sit well, tomorrow we abuse her husband, next we abuse another… Can we just for once deal with issues at hand? Amaechi should be sued for libel if it is not true or cannot provide evidence… simple. no need to curse anyone out.

    • Mohammad

      October 27, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Na dat one me been dey talk since morning wey nobody wan hear.

  8. madamnk

    October 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    “nigerians are aware”, “nigerians know”, “nigerians will know”. which Nigerians are they referring to? the ones they ignore when they get in power and loot all they can? Politics in this country is a mess

  9. The Queen Is Here

    October 28, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Mohammad is correct. The grammar too much abeg. Was the essence to confuse us or what? Cos we are not still convinced that pe-pe is innocent. Try harder reuben abati, this wasn’t good enough!
    And as for those asking what amaechi will do if gej wins again by 2015 – orji uzor kalu survived obasanjo

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