Deadly Watch List: Presidency Falls Out With Governor Rotimi Amaechi


The Presidency and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State are locked in a war of words over allegations that President Goodluck Jonathan is training snipers and keeping 1,000 top politicians on a secret watch list.

“Governor Amaechi knows what he is talking about and this is not just a claim; it is what is happening. There are indices the governor will use to buttress his point. We will not make many comments now until the invitation from the NHRC comes.
“One thing you should know is that Governor Amaechi does not say one thing today on an issue and say another thing tomorrow on the same issue. You are aware of the battle between us and the police. Considering all we have passed through in the hands of the police, would anybody doubt the fact that the governor is on the Presidency’s watch list?”
Amaechi had opened up recently, saying: “I read the President’s letter; he said Obasanjo should prove and name those on the list. I am number one on the list. I am number one.”
While he stated that he was the number one person on the President’s watch list and that he had evidence to support this assertion, the Presidency has dared the governor to prove his allegation.
Governor Amaechi, who spoke to Punch through his Chief of Staff, Chief Tony Okocha, in Port Harcourt, on Thursday, said that he is waiting for the invitation of the National Human Rights Commission.
In his reaction, the special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, threw the challenge to Amaechi in an interview with Punch. Gulak said:
“Let him (Amaechi) go ahead and prove his claim. I don’t really want to talk about him because he has lost credibility. He is just like a drunken man in a china shop that wants to bring down everybody with him.”
But Governor Amaechi stated that even without him talking, all Nigerians know that he is the most persecuted governor in the country because he refused to allow Abuja politicians access to Rivers money.

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