The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the reported plot to abduct, blackmail, and force Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State to resign from office and called it the last desperate act of those who are bent on getting rid of the governor at all costs.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said that the plot, which was exposed by the Rivers Peoples Forum, should be taken very seriously against the background of a similar occurrence in the past and the outcry by Gov. Amaechi that his life is in danger.
"Anyone who thinks this alarm by the Rivers Peoples Forum is outlandish should remember what happened to then Anambra State Governor Chris Ngige, who was abducted and rough-handled in 2003 in what is undoubtedly the most egregious violation of democratic institutions in our country's history.
"The instigators and perpetrators of the crisis in Rivers are keenlyaware that they are running out of options. Theirimpeachment plan has been foiled by the takeover of the legislative functions of the Rivers State House of Assembly's functions by the National Assembly, while their plan to declare a state of emergency in the state has also failed, against the lack of support for such act by the National Assembly.
"This is the reason for this last desperate act by an increasingly desperate Presidency, which may not exclude a final solution. We are therefore, for the umpteenth time, calling on civil societies and human rights organizations, opinion leaders and, indeed, all lovers of democracy and believers in constitutional rule to intervene to stop the runaway culture of impunityin Rivers State," it said
APC said it was instructive that a day after the Rivers Peoples Forumexposed the plot against Governor Amaechi, the so-called chair of the PDP in Rivers, Felix Obuah, set out to prepare the grounds for the devilish plot when he called a press conference to deliver a harangue against Governor Amaechi whom he accused of "insulting and dragging the names of President Goodluck and the First Lady Patience Jonathan to the mud."
APC said, "There can be no better confirmation of the evil plot than this."
It also warned that the madness in Rivers State, which is being carried out under the watch of the Presidency, which has made the state's Police Commissioner the de facto Governor with a clear instruction to neutralize the elected Governor, should not be seen as an isolated incident, but as a part of a grand plot and a test-run for 2015."