A fresh plot to “violently, illegally and unconstitutionally remove” Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has been uncovered.
The alleged plot, our correspondent gathered, is the brain child of those the Rivers People Forum (RPF) called the Abuja cabal, the same cabal that “has been behind the crisis in Rivers State.”
The RPF, in a statement by its president, Charles Bekwele, claimed that the plot was being financed by “a South South governor and two ministers.”
It said one of the ministers is from the North “who wants to be governor of his state and the other minister who is in charge of a very critical ministry and has been unable to solve the crisis rocking his ministry for months.”
It said all the people involved in the plot are close to the Presidency.
“The evil plot is to unleash violence in various parts of the state so that Rivers State would be presented as ungovernable and in turmoil to pave the way for the declaration of a state of emergency and use that as a reason to remove Governor Amaechi from office,” the RPF said.
The group alleged that the homes of two ex-senators and another prominent politician are targeted to be touched by arsonists.
It further alleges that some of Governor Amaechi’s staunch supporters are also targets, while a known militant has been contacted to execute most of the acts of violence in the state.
“Money for this plot would be brought in from Abuja and the state of the South South governor in six ambulances to divert attention from the real purpose of the ambulances,” the group alleged.
The group however warned that it would not tolerate any attempt to truncate the governor’s tenure which will expire in June 2014.
“We will not allow any individual or cabal to truncate our collective mandate given to Governor Amaechi. This Abuja cabal must henceforth desist from such insidious plots that will certainly throw our polity into disarray and threaten our democracy,” it warned.