by Azubuike Azikiwe
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, who belongs to the All Progressives Congress, has vowed that the opposition party would form a parallel government, if the ruling party engages in election rigging at the 2015 elections. Amaechi also stated that President Goodluck Jonathan “is supervising a highly corrupt government”, while adding that “there is no democracy yet in Nigeria.”
He stated that instead of going to court after the 2015 elections, the APC would simply form another government. He said, “What is the essence of going to court when the Federal Government don’t obey the law. That’s why the APC say we won’t go to the court any longer. If you rig us out, we would rig ourselves in; which means if you think you can rig us out in 2015, we will form our own government. We have met on that and we have agreed on that. We will install our own government and there would be two governments.”
“The only way to avoid a parallel government is to have a free and fair election. You can’t continue to use the police as if it is a private agency or company of the government. Are you aware that the President of the South Africa is being probed by the police? Can that happen here? In this country, they slap judges. Seven members of a state (Ekiti) House of Assembly claimed they have sacked a Speaker,” Amaechi added.
The governor, while speaking in Abuja on Saturday, also commented on the face-off between lawmakers and security officials at the National Assembly complex last Thursday, saying that the actions of the police shows that the federal government has taken over the force.
Amaechi said, “We don’t have democracy in Nigeria yet. What we have is diarchy. We don’t have a democracy. Diarchy is dictatorship. The Federal Government has appropriated the police as its personal property. The FG has taken over the police. See the way the police took over the National Assembly. By law, the police have no power to invade the National Assembly and they have no power to stop the Speaker from going in or out of the National Assembly complex. But they don’t obey law.”
The governor, who has been in a protracted rift with the Presidency for the past couple of years, alleged that the government is deliberately reluctant to end the menace of Boko Haram, in order to ensure that elections wouldn’t hold in the affected states, which he says are APC’s stronghold.
He said, “The Federal Government deliberately allowed the Boko Haram to overrun many villages in the North-East. If it is not a political agenda, why would the military not be able to chase away the rag-tag army of Boko Haram? They don’t want elections to hold in the zone so that there wouldn’t be election in the zone. If there is no election in the North-East, they believe that the APC would lose.”
“If they are not afraid of the APC, let them restore law and order. The zone is in the hands of the APC. Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa and Yobe states are all APC states. The only state where it could be 50:50 is maybe Taraba State. Apart from this, other states in the zone have always voted for Maj.Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, one of our presidential hopefuls,” Amaechi concluded.