Indications emerged yesterday that some powerful forces in the presidency were hatching a plot to discredit the Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi, an aspiring presidential hopeful, is presently embroiled in a cold war with incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and his cronies over the governor's 2015 ambitions.
Going by the report obtained by LEADERSHIP yesterday, the presidency had hatched a plot to "discredit, malign and completely destroy" the reputation of Governor Amaechi by detailing security and anti-corruption agencies to move into action in Rivers State and arrest some government officials on allegations of corruption against the governor and key officials.
The five-paragraph report reads in part: "The plot would first involve the circulation in the social media and several dubious websites and blogs of phantom, phony, fake and doctored documents of alleged financial infractions and 'monumental' corruption in Rivers State by Rivers State government officials and Governor Amaechi. This will be followed by sponsored paid for articles and advertorials in the social media, national media, newspapers and magazines, loudly alleging corruption and corrupt activities by Governor Amaechi and state government officials and calling for their prosecution by security agencies and anti-corruption bodies.
"As part of the plot, security agencies and anti-corruption agencies will then move into Rivers state to start arresting state government officials.
"The plot was hatched from the highest level in government at the federal level. One of our major security agencies has been briefed on the plot and they are deeply involved in carrying the plot to the letter. It is also instructive to note that the whole plot is being covertly funded by a federal government commission that is been supervised by a minister from Rivers State, who has not hidden his disdain for Governor Amaechi and is widely known to be seriously fighting Governor Amaechi in Rivers State in a battle of supremacy."
LEADERSHIP had exclusively reported last year that, ahead of political horse-trading over who becomes the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, indications emerged that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was backing Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido and Amaechi for the coveted positions respectively.
Obasanjo has insisted severally that incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan must exit the position come 2015.