A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Tony Okocha, has told the Minister of Transportation and former Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, that he cannot decide the zone the next governor of the state will come from.
Okocha, who was Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, during Amaechi’s reign as governor, kicked against the minister’s insistence in zoning the party’s gov’ship ticket to the Riverine area.
Speaking on Wednesday, at the inauguration of the Obio/Akpor LGA chapter of a political pressure group, the Rivers Voice of Freedom (RVF), the APC chieftain said no individual can zone the party’s governorship’s sole ticket to any zone of the region.
“Well, he spoke his mind; he didn’t speak the mind of the party. I don’t think he spoke for the APC. He spoke as an individual,” he said.
“Just like the Southern Governors that want the Presidency to come to the South and people from the North are kicking against it, that is the Honourable Minister’s opinion. It has nothing to do with Rivers people.”
Amaechi is believed to be the leader of the APC in Rivers State but the party has been divided with factions.