The former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed his disgust over a report on an online medium which quoted him as saying he was disappointed in President Muhammadu Buhari, for not appointing him the secretary to the government of the federation.
In a statement released on behalf of the top All Progressives Congress chieftain by his media office in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state ca[ital, Amaechi denied speaking to the medium or any other one concerning the recent appointment.
According to Leadership, the medium, named Savinggracereporters.com had a story on its website titled: ‘SGF: Buhari Disappointed Me – Amaechi suggesting the former Rivers governor expressed his displeasure over Buhari’s appointment.
The statement read: “The story which is ridiculous as it is meaningless is a figment of the writer’s imagination and sadly flouts all the basic rules of journalism business: fairness, accuracy, and balance. This story like so many others like it is a tissue of lies and fit only for the trash-can.
“Since after leaving office and with the successful delivery of the change agenda to Nigerians, former Governor Amaechi has been enjoying a well deserved rest; he hasn’t found any need to grant any interviews to any journalist or blogger and so couldn’t have spoken to savinggracereporters.
“Rt. Hon Amaechi holds the media in high esteem but may soon be forced to take action against those who bring the profession of journalism to disrepute by their deliberate falsehood and malicious reports.
“For the sake of decency and ethical conduct, Rt. Hon. Amaechi therefore demands that the said savinggracereporters immediately retract the mischief they have on their website and apologize to their readers for their unprofessional conduct.
“In this era of reformation and restoration, it is important that everyone embraces propriety and decorous conduct to enable every segment of our country join the change train.”
Meanwhile, Amaechi is back from his trip abroad. He was received on arrival at Port Harcourt by a large group of his supporters, including the APC’s governorship candidate in the last gubernatorial elections in the state, Dakuku Peterside. See photos below:
In another development, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has begun a probe into the administration of Amaechi. The probe is based on a petition by a Port Harcourt-based group, the Integrity Group.