There are politicians who, irrespective of the political climate in Rivers State, can’t stop following the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi whom they see as a godfather of politics in Rivers State and Nigeria. These politicians also have large political clout in their local Government areas of origin in Rivers State where they have built a support base for the Minister of Transportation under the aegis of CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT.
City People’s Port Harcourt Bureau Chief, EMEKA AMAEFULA (+2348111813069) unveils the ten Rivers State politicians who have remained with Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi since 1999 to date. Read on.
ADOL DAKUKU PETERSIDE
From his youthful days as an Assistant Aide to Governor Peter Odili to becoming Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers state, Adol Dakuku Peterside has remained loyal to Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. From 2007, he was among the Executive Cabinet Members of the Government of Rivers State as he was appointed Commissioner for Works. Subsequently, he moved on to represent his people in the Federal House of Representatives in 2011 and by 2015, he was lucky to have emerged in a consensus as to the Governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State. When he failed to win in the election that produced Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike in 2015, Dr Adol Dakuku Peterside was appointed as Director-General of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration Agency (NIMASA) for a single term. Today, Dr Adol Dakuku Peterside is warming up to emerge as APC Gubernatorial Candidate in the upcoming 2023 Governorship election.
AMBASSADOR OJI NGOFA
This Eleme-born politician has remained loyal to CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT since 1999 to date. He has always been found around the corridors of political power surrounded by Amaechi’s political influence as his election into the Rivers State House of Assembly and subsequent election into Eleme Local Government Council has the imprint of His Excellency, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Having aspired to represent Rivers South-East Senatorial District in 2015 as a candidate of APC, but failed, he was appointed as Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Today, Ambassador Oji Ngofa is looking forward to being elected as Senator of Rivers South-East in the 2023 General Elections.
His gentle, reliable and serious-minded nature provided a strong bench for CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT. This Emohua Ikwerre-born handsome politician is one of the successful sons of the wealthy BEKEE family in Rivers State. Chief Emeka Bekee has been following the Minister of Transportation although without an Executive Portfolio but staying strong in the background where he served as Secretary of APC upon its debut in 2014 till when the party went into elections of 2015 and subsequent legal tussle that nearly broke APC into shreds. Today, he has emerged as the State Chairman of APC in Rivers State thereby helping the Minister of Transportation to rebuild the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State with the mandate to occupy the Brick House, the Rivers State seat of political power, come 2023.
Chief Emeka Bekee, ordinarily is soft-spoken but politically mesmerizes his opponents with sharp political swags as a grassroots politician in Rivers State.
HONOURABLE ASITA O. ASITA
With his experiences in administration and legislative matters, Honourable Asita O. Asita is from Rivers West Senatorial district of ENGENNI ethnic group in Rivers State. He was elected into the Federal House of Representatives for Ahoada West-Ogba/Egbem/Ndoni Federal constituency, He was the Governorship running mate to Adol Dakuku Peterside in 2015 and is currently appointed Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA). He has been one of the most trusted CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT politicians in Rivers State.
This young multi-lingual Degema Rivers State-born politician schooled in Far East Asian countries and speaks Mandarin and Russian languages fluently. He is married to a very pretty foreign lady. Dr Sekonte Davies is one Rivers West Senatorial District Politician who has been elected into the Federal House of Representatives for 8-years, representing the Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency. In 2015, he was appointed Finance Director of Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization that had Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as Director-General. He was adequately rewarded with an appointment as Director of Marine Operations in Nigerian Ports Authority-NPA. And Dr Sekonte Davies has been looking at becoming a gubernatorial candidate of APC in Rivers State come 2023 but waiting for the nod of the leader of the party in Rivers State before making his intentions open.
AMBASSADOR DAME MAUREEN TAMUNO
Call her the stallion of Rivers State politics and you won’t be wrong. Ambassador Dame Dr Maureen Tamuno is intelligent, pretty-looking and politically sagacious. She came close to Rt. Honourable Chibuike Amaechi was a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly representing Ogu/Bolo State constituency while Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was Speaker. Her clinging to CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT became so much that when other female politicians remained in the Odili Political Household, Maureen Tamuno chose to remain in CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT. She has been elected as Chairperson of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area and her bid to represent her people in the Federal House of Representatives failed but she was recently compensated as Nigeria’s Ambassador in Jamaica.
In Port Harcourt City Local Government Area (PHALGA), this political Amazon and Engineer, Dr. Victoria Nyeche has become a serious female politician with much clout and followership in Port Harcourt and Ikwerre speaking ethnic group in Rivers State. Her first encounter in Politics was her election into the Rivers State House of Assembly Constituency-2 where she performed very well especially her constituency projects that touched both the rich and the downtrodden. Her aspiration to represent her people in the Federal House of Representatives in 2019 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) failed as the Supreme Court’s ruling that stopped her party from fielding any candidate actually deprived her people of quality representation. She has become a firm female voice supporter of CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT in Rivers State.
Tall, elegantly built and charismatic Lady Carol Nagboo the Ogoni-born former Woman Leader of APC Rivers State chapter has been a lady who piloted the womenfolk in the 2015 governorship campaign that nearly got APC voted into the BRICK HOUSE, Rivers state seat of political power. Her consistency in following CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT has been helpful to her as she is now one of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) members of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Velvet Complexioned Kalabari-born Rivers State politician, Dr. Dawari George is your dependable man of the moment. He piloted the Ministry of Energy during the Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi days as Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015. He was elected into the Akuku Toru-Asari Toru Federal House of Representatives seat and his closeness to the Minister of Transportation has been connected to his speculated aspiration to be elected as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State 2023 Governorship race.
WENAH ASONDU TEMPLE
He has been a long-time personal aide of the Minister for Transportation whose loyalty and dedication is never in doubt. He was rewarded with an appointment in 2019 as a Commissioner of the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). In fact, it was Honourable Wenah Asondu Temple who organizes the inner kitchen cabinet of CRA I BELIEVE MOVEMENT which, as 2023 Presidential aspiration of the Minister of Transportation thickens, he has been a field officer crisscrossing all the nooks and crannies of Nigeria seeking support for the Ubima Ikwerre-born politician who wants to be elected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023.