There was anxiety yesterday in political circles in Rivers State over a meeting in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, between some Presidency officials and some Rivers State security chiefs.
The agenda was not immediately clear last night, but a source said it was to discuss the political crisis in Rivers.
“They planned on to how to dislodge Governor Rotimi Amaechi, “the source said.
Rivers House Speaker Otelemabu Dan Amachree has raised the alarm that plot to use five lawmakers to impeach Amaechi was in the offing.
There are 27 lawmakers backing the governor, who is locked in a battle of wits with some politicians for the control of the local Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the source, a close associate of the President summoned the security chiefs to Yenagoa last Saturday.
The meeting was held at the instance of the “anti-Amaechi forces, one of whom is a power broker “down”.
“At the meeting the power broker thoroughly berated the heads of the security agencies present for not tackling the ‘Amaechi situation’ clinically.
“The arrowhead (the power broker) told his fear-stricken guests that if they were all working like the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, the Amaechi matter” would have been resolved,” the source quoted the power broker as saying.
“The power broker purportedly told them that she is very worried that Governor Amaechi still has a stronghold on the state, despite the onslaught against him and his political structures, it was learnt.
The police, last Friday sealed off the secretariat of Obio-Akpor Local Council.
Amachree and members of the House have accused Mbu of working against the interest of the people.
The office of the First Lady issued a statement last night, saying she is not involved in the Rivers State crisis.
The statement signed by Ayo Osinlu, her Special Assistant on Media, said: “This is to alert the general public that insinuations are rife in a section of the public towards drawing the First Lady into the political crisis in Rivers State. “According to the insinuations, the First Lady is being alleged to have summoned and held a meeting with security chiefs in Rivers state last weekend where she instructed them to take firmer action on the political crisis in the state.
“We assure all well meaning Nigerians that this is the handwork of mischief makers who are hell bent to drag the person of the First Lady into disrepute.
“We therefore, advise members of the public to discountenance such impressions, as the First Lady remains committed to peace and good governance in the country”.