The Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has dismissed allegations that he is planning on holding onto power beyond the May 29 hand over date.
Amaechi, who wondered what he would be doing in office after May 29, said the date is sacrosanct.
The transition committee set up by the state Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, had on Thursday described Amaechi’s alleged refusal to form a transition committee for the outgoing administration as most irresponsible.
The secretary to Wike’s transition committee, Mr. Frank Owhor, who spoke on behalf of the governor-elect, expressed worry that Amaechi had turned down all entreaties to ensure that there was a seamless hand over in the state on May 29.
In his reaction on Friday in Port Harcourt, Amaechi, who spoke through the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said members of the state executive council had made ready their notes preparatory to the terminal date of his administration.
He said, “We are ready for handover unlike the Peoples Democratic Party, at the centre that is busy making new appointments and sacking people.
“They have refused to brief the Muhammadu Buhari Transition Team and All Progressives Congress is not screaming blue murder. Rather, the APC at the centre is meeting and planning and preparing for government”.
Expressing disappointment in an unfortunate scenario presently taking place in Rivers State, Amaechi stated that rather than support democracy, PDP in the state had been busy doctoring election results and the voter register.
“Unfortunately in Rivers State, PDP is busy doctoring election results and voter register as to cover its stolen mandate and crying wolf to cover its mischief”.