(By Chris K. Amadi) -The penchant of Dakuku Peterside, defeated candidate of the Rivers All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 governorship election and Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation to always threaten the peace of Rivers State and attempt to destabilise the democratically elected government of Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has been condemned by Rivers Elders Consultative Council, who threatened that their patience is being overstretched to come to the conclusion to banish Dakuku and Rotimi Amaechi if they continue in their past time.
In a statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the Rivers Elders Consultative Council, Chief (Dr.) Granville Abiye Georgewill, the elders said that it was unfortunate and unpatriotic for Dakuku Peterside to threaten to lead a protest against what the elders described as the figment of their own imagination to the effect that the state government was planning to frustrate the flag- off of Bonny-Bodo Road project by the federal government.
The Rivers Elders Consultative Council posited that the threat was unwarranted because the governor sees the proposed Bonny-Bodo road as a dream come true, and that all well meaning Rivers people are excited with the development.
The elders warned Dakuku Peterside, Rotimi Amaechi and their co-travelers who are stoking the embers of violence to desist as their efforts give the impression that Rivers state is unsafe, whereas on the contrary, the state is not only safe her people are hospitable.
The group regretted that Peterside and Amaechi, who should be working hard to attract investors to the state are devising negative ways and means of putting the state on the spotlight for the wrong reasons, warned that such pettiness is unpatriotic and should not be identified with anyone who claims he loves the state.
By failing to manage the frustrations arising from APC’s failure in the 2015 election and the consequent factionalization of the party, Dakuku and Amaechi, according to the statement have shown that they are unfit to hold public office and have accordingly disqualified themselves.
The Elders urged Rivers people to reject the politics of bitterness and acrimony as promoted by Dakuku and Amaechi in their APC in the state, adding that they cannot fold their hands and watch them tear the state apart the same way they have factionalised their party.
The statement further called on Rivers youths to take note of politicians with divisive tendencies and avoid them.