Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation says reports linking him to attack on protesters in Porthacourt, Rivers State capital were not true.
There were reports suggesting that he used police officers to attack protesters during the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
“As early as 6 am, I gathered information that thugs had taken over the secretariat of APC. Despite the fact that the APC had invited them to protect the property, they find it difficult to,” he said.
But the former governor accused a party member joining the governorship race for allegedly using thugs to disrupt the exercise.
He further challenged the undisclosed member to purchase the governorship form and thereafter compete with other aspirants in the wards.
“So what a governorship candidate wants to do is that there should not be any congress. So you took over that secretariat with thugs. About 3 pm, the police had to force themselves in for people to sell and purchase forms.
“If that candidate is popular, why not get your supporters to buy your forms and go compete in the wards.” He said
Amaechi said the party invited the police to beef up security saying, that he regretted that despite the police presence, the attack still took place.
“Did they come, yes but they did not do anything. Meanwhile, the party needed to sell forms to anybody who was interested.”