By Dele Ogbodo
The former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has boasted that his party, the All Progressives Congressional (APC), will win the 2019 elections in Rivers State, including election into Port Harcourt Local Government Area (PHLGA).
Amaechi, who regretted the demise of two of his political allies as painful, said he was saddened to hear about the deaths of the duo, Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro (the Ikwerre 1 of Ikwerre Land) and Hon. Anderson Miller who was a Member of the Rivers State House of Assembly at the time he (Amaechi) was governor.
The Minister's Media Adviser, Mr. David Iyofor, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday, said Amaechi spoke at Nkoro, in Opobo Nkoro Local Government Area of the State, at the funeral service of the Late Honourable Andrew Anderson Miller on Saturday, Amaechi described Miller as a man who lived an honest life.
Amaechi said the late Anderson Miller provided fair representation for his people at the time he was in the State Assembly.
"I got to know Miller through Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and I know that he was a very honest man. I worked with him when I was governor, so I can tell you how honest Miller was. That honest life that Miller lived is key to me. Once you are honest,you are my friend.
"And I know all of us will work together for the benefit of his family. When I was governor, Miller put pressure on me to do the Nkoro bridge and he emphasized that it will be a lot easier for him politically if we did that." He said.
The Minister also visited the Port Harcourt residence of late former mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council, Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro where he addressed the deceased’s family.
He described the death of the Late Philantropist and Politician as a "Big blow" to him and the entire APC family.
On how the death will affect APC's victory in 2019 elections, particularly in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area where the deceased hailed from, Amaechi said, "Anybody will feel very bad about the death of a friend or family member.
"Nnamdi Wokekoro's death is a very big blow to us in APC. As a party there are those who are followers of Nnamdi Wokekoro who are also pained about his death."
According to him, there may be issues of whether his followers may leave the party now that he is no more alive but I can tell you that although it is a big loss, we would win the 2019 elections in the state including PHALGA where Nnamdi comes from.
He said, the party in collaboration with the deceased family would plan a befitting burial for Wokekoro.