27th October, 2010
Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has raised an alarm that those whoÂ previously sponsored violence in the state that led to the untimely death ofÂ thousands of people have started amassing weapons for the 2011 election.
He vowed that the Rivers government will match them gun-for-gun because â€œno Riverâ€™sÂ man or womanâ€™s blood will be spilled because of anybodyâ€™s ambition.â€
He also threatened to revisit the report of the Justice Kayode Eso Truth andÂ Reconciliation Panel.
Governor Amaechi raised the alarm today during his accountability forum to mark hisÂ three years in office as governor of Rivers State, held at the Civic Centre, PortÂ Harcourt.
He asked the Rivers people to demand to know what projects previous governmentÂ officials executed in their villages and local government areas.
He recounted the roads and other projects he executed in Ikwerre local governmentÂ where he comes from.
â€œRivers people should reject those who squandered the resources at their disposalÂ and bought guns to kill the people. Now, they are coming again and they are amassingÂ weapons again.We wonâ€™t allow our people to die again for peopleâ€™s ambitions,â€ heÂ said.
Amaechiâ€™s arch opponent, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, a former SSG during the Dr. Peter OdiliÂ administration and later minister of transport, within the week, defected to theÂ Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, where he registered as a member.
He wants to unseat Amaechi in the next election.
He was indicted in the Eso Panel report along with former governor, Peter Odili, butÂ the report was recently set aside by a Port Harcourt High Court as illegal.
The panel report wasÂ challenged by former Governor Odili, saying that the entireÂ report was aimed and denting his image. The state government has not appealedÂ against the judgement.
â€”OkaforÂ Ofiebor/Port Harcourt