Rivers State was thrown in into a small frenzy on Monday, when two sides, posing to be supporters of Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister for Transport, clashed in his Local Government Area of Ikwere, over a supposed plot against the Minister in the APC.
On the one hand, one of the groups alleged that the Senator Magnus Abe-tutored faction, in collaboration with Nyesom Wike are conniving to oust Amaechi from the part.
In a video he released, the leader of the said group, who refused to reveal his identity, violently threatened to cause mayhem in Rivers State, should the Minister be troubled any further in the APC.
He went on calling on president Muhammadu Buhari Buhari, the service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police to monitor the situation.
He said: “We are aware of the plot by those who say they are APC members in Rivers State working with Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Magnus Abe. We are aware of the plot against Amaechi by Igo Aguma to expel him from the APC. We are not disturbed because we know that their actions will come into futility.
“But we are calling the Nigerians attention to that affect. It is said that prevention is better than cure. If the NJC cannot control Rivers judiciary, then they want Rivers State to be in crisis. If any attempt by APC members led by Senator Magnus Abe and Aguma go to any court to order Ameachi’s expulsion from APC in Rivers State, it means that Rivers State will be in crisis.
“If they do any thing against Amaechi we are going to burn down Rivers State. We are going to shut down every federal agencies, multinational companies. We are going to destroy everything and put Rivers state in crisis. We will tell them that Amaechi is not a man that they can toy with. We will make sure that any person who wants to die will die with us.”
On his part, the Leader of Amaechi’s team in Ikwere, Chibuike Ikenga, spearheaded another group of kinsmen to exonerate themselves and Amaechi from the threat of violence.
Ikenga described as stupid, mad and irresponsible, the position of the violent group, while insisting that Amaechi would never support or sponsor brigandage.
He said, “We have seen the viral video of people claiming that they want to destroy Rivers State because of political party differences. It is not Amaechi’s position. The Amaechi we know is peace-loving. He is a democrat. He doesn’t encourage brigandage. He does not encourage heinous crimes.
“We do not know those men. We are the leaders of Amaechi’s team in Ikwere. We disassociate ourselves from that viral video. A group of young men, who belonged to one organisation call the NLC. We do not know them. Our son’s name has been mentioned and we are here to tell the world that we are not in support of that level of madness. There is always a democratic process to resolve party issues.”