The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has vowed that himself as well as the All Progressives Congress (APC), will battle the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to the last during the general elections on Saturday, February 16.
He said this on Tuesday during President Buhari’s campaign rally in the state, while explaining that he has been betrayed severally by people who had once appeared to be loyal to him.
“In 2015, the army tried to arrest me as a sitting governor.
“You have a governor who is busy lobbying us, negotiating with us (let us give you presidency, you will give me governor). He is afraid, is he not? We will battle him to the last.
“80 per cent of those who have made a success in Rivers State, passed through me.
“Wike was my Chief of Staff, I made him Chairman of Council, I inaugurated him as a minister but when he saw Goodluck, he betrayed me.
“I have been betrayed serially… including senators. After you finish helping them, after praying for them, they will go and betray you for a pot of porridge. Saturday is our day.”
Speaking further, Amaechi alleged that several members of the APC get killed on a daily basis and the PDP secured a court judgement in order to prevent the state from choosing leaders who would protect them.
He said, “You know, they used Federal and state institutions against us, they kill our people (APC) every day, cut off their necks every day.
“The right to choose our leaders to stop the killing, they got a state High Court judge to give judgement.”
He, however, said whatever the PDP in the state wants, the APC is up to the task.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on same Tuesday, struck out an appeal filed by the APC challenging the judgment of a High Court in Port Harcourt which barred the party from conducting any primaries in the state to nominate candidates to represent the party in the forthcoming elections.
The judgement means that the party is excluded from National Assembly, governorship and state assembly elections in the state.
Reacting to the development, President Buhari said, “I am very, very disturbed by the decision that we are not allowed to participate in some of the processes”.