Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The deputy governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers State , Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, has withdrawn from the state governorship election and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He has also accused the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, of plotting to run the state through the governorship candidate of the AAC, Biokpomabo Awara, when elected.
The Amaechi faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had adopted Awara, two days to the governorship and state assembly elections and promised to ensure his success at the poll using the structure of the APC.
Addressing journalists at his home in Port Harcourt on yesterday, Yeeh said the reason for his decision is for him to join hands with Governor Nyesom Wike to move Rivers State forward.
He said: “After due consultations with my immediate family, friends and supporters, I, Chief Akpo Bomba Yeeh, the deputy governorship candidate of the AAC for the 2019 governorship election hereby resign my membership of the AAC and announce my defection to the PDP to join hands with Governor Wike to move the state forward.”
He added: “I was the deputy dovernorship candidate of the AAC in Rivers State up till today March 25, 2019 , when I decided to withdraw my candidature and resign from the party with immediate effect.
“The March 9 governorship election in Rivers State has been lost and won; lost by my party, African Action Congress (AAC) and its candidate, Biokpomabo Awara and undoubtedly and overwhelmingly won by the Governor of Rivers State, the candidate of PDP, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.”
He said that despite the interference of the security agencies, Rivers people stood their ground and voted for Wike.
He said: “The collated results further showed that contrary to the false claim of fictitious lead by the AAC/APC alliance, the PDP overwhelmingly won all the elections in 18 out of the 19 LGAs, culminating in the declaration and return of the party’s 26 House of Assembly Constituencies by the Constituency Returning Officers.
“This fact was confirmed on March 13, 2019, when INEC stated, as a matter of fact, that it had in its safe custody collated results for 17 Local Government Areas as well as the declaration of the PDP candidates for 21 state constituencies.
“The outcome of the elections on March 9, 2019 clearly showed the preference of the people of Rivers State. Even the blind can see and the deaf can hear the echo that Rivers people overwhelmingly voted to stick with Governor Wike for the next four years to encourage him to continue with the good works”.
Yeeh alleged that the Minister of Transportation forced him to sign an un-dated letter of resignation to be effective after their expected inauguration.
“I was forced to sign an un-dated letter of resignation as the deputy governor of Rivers State to pave way for Rotimi Amaechi to nominate another person as deputy governor.
“These were slavish conditions for any rational politician worth his name to accept, but I pretended to play along because doing otherwise at that time would have been too dangerous for the safety of my life, given Rotimi Amaechi’s desperation to remove Governor Wike from office and install his stooge in the person of Awara against all odds”.
He said that though the AAC campaign was never serious and never campaigned for the office of the position of governor of Rivers State, Amaechi during the adoption of the party, said that he would fund the elections and do everything under the sun to give AAC victory at the polls.
“Amaechi disclosed to us that he had already assembled security personnel drawn from the Nigerian Army, the Police, DSS and FSARS to provide adequate security cover and enablement for members of the AAC and APC to effectively rig the governorship election and have us declared as winners on March 9, 2019”.
He stated that the adoption and promise to deliver AAC was with conditions that conferred de facto governance on Amaechi.
Yeeh outlined the conditions: “First, he (Amaechi) must be the one to appoint 90 per cent of all political office holders, including commissioners, special advisers, and chairmen and members of government agencies and parastatals.
“Second, he must be the one to nominate and produce all the 23 Local Government Council chairmen and other principal officers of the councils.
“We, that is, Awara and my humble self must consult and take instructions from him on all financial, policy and fiscal matters, as well as award and payment of all contracts and other financial transactions upon inauguration as governor and deputy governor of the state”.
He added: “As a practicing Christian, I have come to the conclusion that the actions and desperate attempts by Amaechi and the AAC/APC alliance to rig the governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State are both morally and legally wrong, reprehensible and inimical to the collective interest of the people of Rivers State.
“The Almighty God will not forgive me if I continue to lend my support to Rotimi Amaechi’s perfidy against the democratic rights of the people of Rivers State to freely elect their own leaders “.
Yeeh said he has informed Awara in writing of his withdrawal and resignation from the governorship race and the AAC.