by Stanley Azuakola
To understand why the title of this piece was chosen, let’s give you a background.
According to reports, there is a thickening plot against the Rivers governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as politicians begin their permutations towards 2015. The governor is reportedly likely to support the candidacy of Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido, and in return, would be the vice-presidential candidate. This hasn’t gone down well with a few in the PDP, and now two PDP governors and some ministers are trying to tame his “excesses and political rascality.”
The case against Amaechi is that he has become insubordinate and disrespectful to President Jonathan.
They listed as examples “the recent cold war with the President on boundary demarcation and oil wells between Rivers and Bayelsa States, undermining the South-South agenda to retain the presidency in 2015, and instigating the Nigerian Governors Forum, of which he is Chairman, against the presidency on the Excess Crude Account and Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) which has not taken-off effectively, and sponsoring of crisis within the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP with a view to hijacking the party’s structure ahead of 2015.”
The strategy against Amaechi will take four dimensions: sponsoring an impeachment by the Rivers House of Assembly; sponsoring a revolt within the NGF; suspending the governor from PDP for alleged anti-party activities; and distracting his administration through internal crisis within the Rivers State Executive Council.
Of the 4 strategies, the two most feasible would be to sponsor a revolt in the NGF which the governor heads or suspending him from the PDP.
This raises the question: If the heat becomes too much for Amaechi in the PDP, would he jump ship? If Amaechi decides to decamp from the PDP today, it is almost certain that the APC would welcome him with open arms. Just as opposition politician, Dele Momodu opined in this interview with The Scoop, the APC “should urgently widen its mobilisation of opposition parties and progressive elements even within PDP.” So what’s it going to be?