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The never-ending travails of Rotimi Amaechi

The travails of Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi seem to be infinitely endless. There were compelling signs mid-week that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), continuously fidgeted by Governor Amaechi’s recent antics, are preparing to suspend him from the party so as to send the signal to other members who still may harbor similar behavior. 

Amaechi’s latest ‘crime’ was his abandoning the party’s South-South Reconciliation and Consolidation meeting in Port Harcourt recently. He allegedly walked out on the members of the National Working Committee of the party led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. A PDP source reportedly said the party was not comfortable with the arrogance displayed by the Rivers State governor.
According to reports, the party leadership felt insulted when Amaechi, who was supposed to be the host governor abandoned the meeting when his Akwa Ibom counterpart and Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Akpabio, was addressing the crowd at the Civic Centre.
“The leadership of the party felt insulted by the walk-out. Although he (Amaechi) had explained that he never walked out of the meeting leaving his guests behind, statement coming out from the governor informally suggests that he might have something up his sleeves. Some members of the NWC are pushing for sanction like suspension against the governor for having the temerity to abandon the meeting midway.
“The walk-out was a slight on the National Chairman, considering his age and pedigree in the nation’s politics. The thinking is that the Rivers governor did it deliberately to embarrass the party because of the formation of the new PDP Governors Forum,” the PDP source reportedly said.
Interestingly, Amaechi did not walked out alone as he was in the company of Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, who was also part of the meeting. Reports say that both governors had earlier sought permission to leave the meeting. Uduaghan had a plane to catch at the airport, while Ameachi was to see him off.
Amaechi, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has been having a running battle recently with his party’s chieftains and the Presidency over issues relating to 2015 politics.
The recent development had prompted the PDP to raise alarm that opposition political parties have concluded arrangements to destroy the PDP Governors Forum.
According to political observers, the Presidency strategists are sensing that efforts to woo more undecided governors into its fold to be able to defeat Amaechi are faltering as the vilification of Rivers State governor had virtually failed to deplete his support base barely two months to the NGF election.
So, as we head towards the NGF poll in May, will the growing popularity of Amaechi continue to rattle the Presidency or will President Jonathan and his men have the upper hand? Who will laugh last?

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