Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has debunked the news purporting the defection of presidential aspirant and former Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, from the ruling party.
In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, the party chieftain said the rumour was false and that the former Minister of Transportation will not comtenplate doing so.
He explained that after the APC presidential primaries a few weeks ago, the former Rivers Governor has constantly been preoccupied with active engagements with stakeholders of the Rivers APC in order to calm frayed nerves, strengthen the bond of unity among party men and boost the morale of supporters at the grassroots ahead of the 2023 polls.
He restated that Amaechi remains faithful to President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the party and believes so much in the sound ideological perspectives of the APC which anchorage is basically progress, amelioration of social inequalities and the pursuit of the essential goodness of Nigerians.
“I have the full approval of the former Minister to describe the cocktail of lie spreading like wildfire across media platforms, as the handiwork of mischief makers and desperate rumormongers whose stock in trade has remained to sully the image of the former Rivers Governor whose landmark achievements in public service remain unparalleled in all spheres.
“As we wait for greater future engagements to continue his contributions for a better Nigeria, Nigerians and lovers of his pragmatic ideals should excerise patience until then. With this revelation in mind so contemplating of dumping the ruling party has never crossed his mind, Eze further highlighted.
“Seeing the much energy and efforts Amaechi has put in achieving the much he has done for Nigeria, he need rest and he is enjoying the rest that this occasion has provided for him. At least for the last sixteen years Amaechi had no time for his family and friends so he is using this opportunity to rediscover himself as a family man.
The party chief called on members of the party to remain focused and expect a formidable, battle-ready Rivers APC as they brace up for the 2023 elections, assuring that the party has mapped out series of strategies that will be put into effect to restore confidence and strengthen, smoothen the drive to the brick house in May 2023.