- Says:”Abusing Me All The Time Won’t Get You A 2nd Term”
- Details Of His 52nd Birthday Party
No one expected that ex Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will use his 52nd Birthday ceremony to reply his successor governor of Rivers state Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike. And frankly he descended on Governor Wike’s infantile cum juvenile style of administration since 2 years of assuming political power as Governor of Rivers state state. Aztec Arcum event place Stadium Road Port Harcourt was on Saturday 17th of June the arena that played host to several high profile dignitaries’ friends and well-wishers of Minister For Transportation Rt. Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi gathered in Port Harcourt to celebrate his 52nd birthday.
CONSCIOUS REFORMERS ASSEMBLY is an association of friends of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who along with other progressives around the country organized the 52nd birthday bash held on Saturday 17th, 2017. City People Magazine’s Port Harcourt Bureau Chief EMEKA AMAEFULA was there at Aztec Arcum and on Sunday 18th June was at CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC CHURCH (CKC) Sangana Street where Thanksgiving Church service was held in Honour of ex Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and wife Dame Judith Amaechi. City People brings to you verbatim statements made by the Birthday Big Boy-Rt.Hon. chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Enjoy it as you read On the excerpts.
Enjoy it as you read On the excerpts.
I accepted for these young men and women to organize this birthday party because they said will afford All progressive Congress-APC an opportunity to gather. And I said I will not be in the country as I will be traveling during my birthday and they connived with my beautiful wife to pick the date for today 17th of June and I didn’t know until I arrived and here I am. So, some of my friends want to come and I said do not come as it is an internal thing, let us go there and enjoy ourselves.
But I am grateful to all of you who organized it (Applause).They asked me and I told them that I have no kobo to give to anybody and they said just give us your time and tell us you will allow us to go ahead and organize the birthday party. First of all I refused but it was the Chairman of the party (APC) that convinced me. In fact it was the chairman who said that it will give the APC an opportunity to gather. And when he said so… I said okay go ahead and organize it.
Sincerely what I see as a former Speaker (of Rivers state House of Assembly) and a former Governor and now a Minister is that most people who come to celebrate my birthday, that is, those who come to organize are organizing it because they have something at the back of their minds. Now, what do they have at the back of their minds –nothing! And they have to go from place to place to look for money and those people that they went to; to ask for money some have to abuse them as some said that I did nothing for them and I smiled.
”With all modesty I thought that the politics of Rivers state to a great extent is all about me … true or False (Audience responding—“True!”)
The Government is spending two years to convince people that I did nothing …is it not? Let them shut up and do something (Audience…Uproar with applause…clapping) I will just take two Local Government areas of the tribes in Rivers state to show where I did something. In Ekpeye Kingdom I reconstructed internal Roads in Ahoada. ..Where are the Ahoada people here, any Ahoada person here? (Crowd echo…Yes!) Is it true or false? (Crowd response…True!)
There is no Local Government area that I did not build minimum of ten Primary Schools True or False ( True !) Okay, when we started as a government we saw we had a total of 750 Primary schools built by former governors and former Local Government Chairmen . You remember former Local government Chairmen used to build Primary schools and former governors both civilians and Military joined them. How many governors have we had in the past?
So, all the former Governors combined built 750 Primary schools and with all the former Local Government Chairmen in my tenure I told all the Local Government Chairmen plus Shell Petroleum Development Company and other oil companies all of them combined to build 750 Primary Schools in my tenure as Governor. I said stop, don’t build for us again. We want to set a standard. And I called the Commissioner for Education and we built 750 Primary Schools, we started and awarded 500 and until we finished 750. (Applause) And note it is not 6-Classroom blocks as they all built 6-classroom blocks I built 14-20 classroom blocks. (Ovation…Clapping) And parents had to remove their children from private to Public Schools. And there was still Free education. I want to tell them to shut up and face business (of Good Governance)( Applause) They want to use us as an excuse to run for 2nd term saying that we did not allow them to perform. We have closed our mouth so that they can perform in 2 years. This is
And parents had to remove their children from private to Public Schools. And there was still Free education. I want to tell them to shut up and face business (of Good Governance)( Applause) They want to use us as an excuse to run for 2nd term saying that we did not allow them to perform. We have closed our mouth so that they can perform in 2 years. This is third year they are still talking about Amaechi (Applause) and we are in the 3rd year now they are still talking about Amaechi …their wife is not pregnant, it is Amaechi …their wife refused to sleep with them, it is Amaechi…Amaech…Amaechi there is no water to drink it is Amaechi that will provide the water…They should do what shut? Up and work. When I came to Government, the present Governor Advised me to fight Dr. Odili, what did I tell him …I said ‘”Let the past be past, Judge me from now.’” I said again I don’t want to hear about fighting with Dr. Odili this is because at the end of the day it is not about how I fought with Dr Odili, it is all about how well that I governed.
I did not do roads like they are saying that they are doing roads. I did not focus only on roads did I ? ( No! ) Lets come we shall return to it. There are about 5 –housing Estates in Rivers state True or False ( True) And Rivers state Government Built only one Abuloma Housing Estate the rest were built by Federal Government and Handed over to Rivers State Government –True or False? (True)In my regime I built 1050 Houses at Rainbow Town Housing Estate the one near the water built by me.
Gulf Housing estate, the one near the Air Force Base I got a company to go and build it. We were building another Gulf Estate these young men came and stopped it. They are destroyers of development. (Applause) They said I should account for the money and I am accounting for it now. And by December 2017…politics start by December I will give them blow by blow how much I received and how much I spent (Shouts of joy…clapping). They said Amaechi is now a Muslim and now they want to take Loan from Islamic Bank…they say Amaechi is a Muslim but they are applying for a Loan from Islamic Bank! See I am a Catholic and never applied for a loan from Islamic bank and they who are applying for a Loan from Islamic bank who is more a Moslem? (Them).
They said I did not do roads right? The road they are passing from to the Airport was built by me. There are six Flyovers in this state right ? (Yes) The one at Agip by Ikwerre Road, The one at Rumuola and the one built by Dr Odili that collapsed that I rebuilt it and I built one at Obiri Ikwerre Inter Change East-West Road and I built at Eleme Junction, I built at Woji, I built at …( Ovation..Applause) They don’t want the campaign to be on development they want the Campaign to be on Amaechi saying ‘”he did allow us to perform, we were fighting back’” .
The only bridge this Government had commissioned is the Nkpogu Bridge. There are two bridges at Nkpogu right! (Yes) One is for going and one is for coming. We completed the one going from one side it was completed by us ooo ! The other one why we didn’t start it is because we disagreed with the contract or because of the price. They increased the price and I said that I will not pay. Now they went back to that same contract or and agreed on that price and collected money from that man and paid that price.
They are not ashamed to go and commissioned the road that I built and completed. They said they built the road from Abuloma that is that Woji Road I completed that bridge there, remaining four stands to complete and they now laid asphalt on it and commissioned and they are dancing. Have I called you to come and dance for me? ( No!)…”MR PROJECT”. (Applause), listen we will direct the campaign and the campaign will be about development. Six weeks that I became Governor I stopped insecurity.
Today they are beheading Nigerians in the streets of Rivers state. Today your Governor is sitting with criminals and eating with them. As a governor I never sat with any criminal. I pursued and frustrated them and I supported the security. He is not ashamed that he is elected to kill people. That is, the government is allowing people to die. Ask my wife she will ask me where do you always go and come by 2 am in the night and I will say tomorrow you will follow me and see where I go.
By tomorrow I put her in a car alongside with Commissioner of Police and Brigade Commander we were physically chasing criminals by ourselves. My wife saw it and said please take me back. Today as a former Governor of Rivers state whenever I come to Rivers state I get used to sleeping by 6pm. When I became Governor the night clubs were all functioning. I Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi I went several night clubs and I danced.
A Rivers man is known for enjoyment. Former President (Goodluck Jonathan) came here in Rivers state and told the people without shame that when he lost election that he had his focus on Rivers state Governorship election and he gave us a child. When you give children what they can’t manage they destroy what they can’t manage. And that is why parents guard and guide their children.The reason you guard a child is that you don’t want to lose that child.Just empty talking. Now we have a loose child. If he knew he would put a child he would have been in office to guard that child.3years of Talking. I spent 4-years not talking to anybody-True or false(True) The only place that I talked was at Town-hall meetings as I tell them that I got so and so
I spent 4-years not talking to anybody-True or false(True) The only place that I talked was at Town-hall meetings as I tell them that I got so and so amount of money and that I paid so and so amount of Money. Let them come and tell us what they have received? He had never called Rivers people and said see how much I got and see how much I spent. I did that for more than 5-years of my governorship.
Today he has put state House of Assembly in his own pockets as the Assembly will say today Governor said that we should not sit. Let any Assembly member come here and say that I told him not to sit. When I started my governorship I gave judiciary first year Eleven Billion Naira-N11B as I called Chief Judge and said I don’t want to know what you people do just give justice. I never procured any Judgment. I never called any Chief Judge to say give me judgment.That is what they are doing now. If you sue somebody the governor will say give this one this and give this one this. I never interfered with judiciary. I dared anybody to come forward”.
WIKE IS DISTRACTING HIMSELF AND CAMPAIGNING FOR SECOND TERM BID
“What I learnt is that the Government is distracting itself. I have gone to Abuja to go there and do my work so that I will not get distracted. This man doesn’t want to rest. If he is not attacking me today he is attacking this tomorrow or attacking that one tomorrow. Tell him to sit down and govern.You see all these propaganda, he is using it to win his second term just wait and see.(crowd shout no !)I know that he will not win. (Yes) But I am saying just let us assume that he wins his second term(No…No) Okay, let us agree that he will govern for only 4-years(Yes). So that his propaganda will end and the truth will come.
So, if he likes he can buy AIT as much as he wants and if he likes he can buy The SUN (NEWSPAPERS) as much as he wants. When he finishes Igbo people say” “Agbacha Oso aguo Mile” (meaning after running you check your mileage).
WIKE SHOULD SHOW HIS PROJECTS—“MR PROJECTS !”
“The man who says in my 8-years that I did nothing in the state. Right from Government House if you come out Front or back gate, now let us start, back was built by Alfred Diete Spiff so he tried but as soon as you enter Nkpogu who did it?( you-Amaechi). That road that burst at Elekahia, who did it?( You-Amaechi) The road he drives to the Airport who did it?(Amaechi). I built the road to Ikwerre road true or false (True). So, on his way to the airport he drives on the road he is driving on Amaechi’s built roads.
I want to drive on his road.Let this government name one road that he has completed. When I started,I told you that I will concentrate on two Local Government Areas so that them they will name for us what they have done in the Local Government areas. First in Etche, are there Etche people here? (Crowd roar –Yes)Now listen I constructed Akwa community road true or false? (True) at that place I built a health Center and I gave them power(Electricity) and I built Primary schools, true or false? (True).
When I went there in my first year I discovered that they had nothing, just a market and the market was built by them. And I said why do you call me your Governor as a government they have no water, no road, no light , no school and no Health Center, what makes me your Governor? You are a government by yourselves. I am not qualified to answer your Governor as I called Commissioners in the next one year that I want these projects in Akwa community in Etche Local government area. Now from Akwa we built Afara to Mba road true or false (True).
I want only Etche people to answer. I built Okehie/Ndashi to Igbodo road true or false? (True) . I built Umuaturu to Obite Road true or False? (True) . I built to Isu road true or false? (true) …I built Ihie to Ozuzu road true or false? (True). I built Okehie to Ulakwo to Eli road. I built Chokocho- to-Umuechem road, Ozuzu and Igbodo-Ozuzu road. Then at Mba community I completed electricity there. And this government is lying to people that it is because of me that they have done the Eleme section of the Federal road that is bad.
They collected over Three Billion Naira from Communities and companies and they have not rebuilt it. As your governor I did Port Harcourt To Owerri road true or false? (true) that is Federal project is it not? It is. Ada-George is a Federal road is it not? It is who I built Ada George road.Ikwerre Road is a Federal Road is it not? I rebuilt it. Let them tell us what they have done.They should shut up and do what?—work!”
GOVERNOR WIKE IS AN ILLITERATE.
“Now he goes around telling people that Amaechi doesn’t like him and people forget easily .Remember that when we want to go for second term to show what we have done for the first quarter we started to commission operation 60-60 projects. That is 6o Health centers in 60 Communities.And we gave the telephone numbers of those communities so that people should call and confirm whether those projects are there. And we visited those communities to say are the Health centers there?
When we came to government we met 200 medical doctors and I employed 400 medical doctors to make it up to 600 medical doctors. We set up committees to review our Teachers needs and we were told that we needed 91, 000 Teachers and I met with Commissioners and people were scared when we finished screening I employed 13,000 Teachers.I sent over 3,000 children to Overseas to go and study on my scholarship did I not give those children scholarship true or false?(true).
By the time I left government about a thousand three Hundred (1,300) had graduated and returned medical doctors were the most important as they returned and they were hired into our Health system. This man – a child of course, that that has shown dislike for education, brought them back.
A child does not know the importance of education. The first responsibility of the Governor is to educate the minds of her people so that they can interrogate that governor. What he is doing is that he is democratizing illiteracy sharing it from village to village and from House to House.In my Government is Primary school not having Free education True or false? (True) We bought them uniforms and we bought them books and we paid their teachers.We brought Indians to run our Computer Classes and to teach our children. Now they have no computers and Primary schools abandoned. When you have an illiterate to perform the functions of the educated minds what do you get?”
GOV. WIKE IS CORRUPT
“He accused me of corruption. The salary that I was running I met wage Bill and I ran N9Billion monthly wage bill.I took N2B every month to run Local Government Councils. This man collects Local Government Councils’ money and puts in his pockets. Me, I was giving them N2B monthly but he collects from them and gives them peanuts to go and pay salaries. Is that a Governor? (No). That is what we call stealing. He is stealing.So, it is not corruption but stealing. But you know I say he should wait until December (2017)let him focus on governance”.
EMERGENCE OF AMAECHI’S POLITICAL STRUCTURE WHY 4 KITCHEN CABINET MEMBERS WERE SACKED FROM HIS STRUCTURE.
( His former Chief of Staff Hon. Tony Okocha, His Attorney General &Commissioner For Justice Barrister Wogu Boms, Etche Strongman –Allwell Onyesoh and Federal House of representatives Ikwerre/Emohua Constituency Hon.Chidi Wohioka all members of his inner structure and members of APC were sacked on Thursday 15th, June, 2017)
“Anybody who doesn’t want to go with us should go and form his own Party.Listen , what I mean by that is that I am organizing AMAECHI’S STRUCTURE everybody has the right to organize his own structure.(Yes) if I remove you from my own structure and put another person, what is the quarrel there now? APC is there for all of us, is that not(Yes). The assurance that I am getting is that there will be a free and fair Primaries (for 2019 elections) so that we can select candidates that will run for elections.
Finally I don’t know which Nigerian politician that is as Blessed as I am. Those of you who are still with me, God Bless all of You.”