Current Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, was in Port Harcourt for a couple of days, and we have to admit, sometimes our politics is entertaining. The Prof. is APC and the Rivers State Government is PDP. At first his visit to Port Harcourt (after Bayelsa, another PDP State) was a little perplexing since there wasn’t any major function that required his physical intervention in either of the States… at least not that I am aware of. Well, he visited nonetheless.
Upon his arrival, the Acting President was treated to an Airport reception by the Rivers State Government. Now this was the airport so anyone had access. But afterwards, the Acting President proceeded to the Rivers State Government House where he had something they called a ‘Special Town Hall Meeting’. At the Government House where the PDP currently holds sway, access could be (and definitely was) regulated by the Governor.
Even though we could see Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation – a major APC stakeholder and immediate past Governor of Rivers State – at the Government House, many APC members, including Senator Magnus Abe representing Rivers South-East Constituency, complained that they weren’t allowed into the premises. Senator Abe’s words: “As a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I did not receive an invitation to the meeting at Government House, Port Harcourt,”
Why am I not surprised?
Governor Wike could rub it on the face of the Rivers APC that he was literally dining with the most powerful APC leader in the country, at the Rivers State Government House where the APC couldn’t get in without his approval… and he did. This, of course, did spite the Rivers State APC members. Fast forward to Tuesday (barely 24 hours later).
The Acting President attended a Rivers APC Stakeholders’ meeting (strictly for APC members) outside of Government House and places switched. The Rivers PDP frowned at it and the Rivers State Governor, according to PULSE, “expressed his displeasure”.
Oh boy! Don’t we just love them all?
As I said, sometimes the politics is entertaining. I just wish I had some popcorn and a drink to go with.