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Amaechi In The Court Of Public Opinion And History

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Chuks Osuji


Once upon a time, I had a discussion with a journalist who writes for a national Newspaper. He wanted to know why I take interest in events in Rivers state. I told him that I have a strong passion for Rivers state and Rivers people for two main reasons. I was brought up in Port Harcourt, from infant to my adulthood. Hence, Port Harcourt has a special place in my heart, because what I have become today has its roots in Port Harcourt, where I earned my primary education, so solid to enable me advance to a university education without a formal secondary education. I added that Port Harcourt is as important to me as the Roman Catholic Mission, which gave me free primary education, and the United States which gave me university education.

After listening to me, he replied, “indeed you have a point or do I say more than a point.”

Therefore, as a political Scientist and Columnist, in spite of my vision challenge, I am very keen on political events as they unfold in Rivers State.

My keenness on issues including political melodrama as they unfold in Rivers state became more manifold when Nyesom Wike fought like a wounded lion to wrest the PDP governorship ticket from many solid and formidable opponents. Besides, throughout the governorship election campaign, it became clear that in view of his untiring political campaign which had no rival throughout Nigeria, he would win the governorship race because he had a combination of multiple qualities and contents required to fight and win election in a complex state such as Rivers.

To me and many others, he is a combination of all the ingredients of political jingoism, acrobats, persuasive and dialectical oratory; including, “if you push me, I push you double; if you fling one finger on my face, I will fling ten fingers on your face approach.” Certainly, this is what his political opponents misunderstood; hence, they are trying to paint him black. Although a very kind hearted jolly old fellow, for him, everything about politics is a serious business in the Nigerian context, because if you fumble, you will lose the ball and it will be taken by an enemy standing with clay legs on the swamp of Abonema wharf.

After all, of all the Jonathan’s Ministers who left to contest for governorship in their states, it is only Wike that made it to the top, in spite of all the bruises and hidden landmines on his ways by Amaechi and his co-gangsters.

Thus, after the 2015 general elections, there was a collective conspiracy against him and the people of Rivers by attempting to use a strategy of legal and constitutional means to deny him and the people of Rivers their mandates. First, the election tribunals concerning Rivers were transferred to Abuja, a move that exposed APC and Rotimi. As expected, the tribunals and Appeal Courts gave judgments that were seen by the people and nature to be flawed in morality and conscience. But he forged ahead and pinned his hope in the Supreme Courts where both God and Mankind vindicated him. Because, according to Irving Kaufman, “the Supreme Court’s only armour is the cloak of public trust; its sole ammunition is the collective hopes of our society.”

Due to legal inadequacies, other elections were rerun. Here again, the people reasserted their confidence in PDP and its candidates. Again, both Amaechi and Peterside insidiously contrived illegal means to outwit Wike and his people, but they refused to be cheated or hoodwinked.

It is time for Amaechi to take the path of honour and decency to accept that Wike is grossly smarter, more intelligent, more of a strategist who uses legal and constitutional means including local intelligence and wisdom to put his opponents at bay. The people’s will must prevail. According to Abraham Lincoln, “the dogma of the quiet past is inadequate to the stormy present, the occasion is piled with difficulty and we must rise to the occasion, as our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” Can Amaechi think anew and act anew? He may not because according to Dan Quayne, “people that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous negative impact on history.” Can Amaechi read and analyze this? He is already on the bad side of history and indeed almost found guilty at the court of public opinion.


Osuji  writes from owerri