THE immediate past governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has dismissed a report in a national daily that he stormed the residence of the Senate President Bukola Saraki to protest the rescheduling of his screening and confirmation as a minister.
Amaechi said the report published on Monday had claimed that having been incensed over the deferment of his screening last week, he went to Saraki’s house on Thursday last week and raised his voice to express his frustration before leaving the place without seeing the Senate President.
The former governor, who spoke through a statement signed by Mr. David Iyofor on behalf of his Media Office, described the report as untrue and an attempt to present him as a man with a bad and demeaning mannerism.
Amaechi specifically pointed out that he was never at Saraki’s residence on Thursday last week and added that he would never act in any way that would put the Office of the Senate President in disrepute.
According to him, “The report, which the respected newspaper got from ‘sources’, further claimed that during the visit of Thursday, last week, Amaechi was said to have raised his voice to express his frustration before leaving the residence without seeing the Senate President.
“This is absolutely not true. There is a deliberate and carefully calibrated attempt to characterise Amaechi with a very bad and demeaning mannerism. We must clarify that Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi did not visit and was not at the residence of the Senate President on Thursday of last week.
“Since he (Amaechi) did not go to the residence of the Senate President on Thursday of last week, so, there is absolutely no way what the newspaper sources claimed to have transpired, happened.
“We must emphasized that former Governor Amaechi holds the office of the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in very high esteem and will never disrespect or act in any way that would put the office in disrepute. However, in this case, the incident reported never occurred either on Thursday or any other day.”
The former governor, however, attributed the alleged false report to the activities of fifth columnists posing as journalists, whose aim was to malign and destroy people’s reputation and create bad blood in the polity.
Amaechi said, “While we understand the constraints and pressures journalists face in doing their jobs, we would advise them to be thorough and double-check or even triple-check their sources of information.
“There seems to exist an axis of fifth columnists, masquerading as ‘sources’ to journalists, but fabricate events, incidences and stories that never happened to malign and destroy the character and reputation of others, while fomenting acrimony and bad blood in the polity. Journalists must beware of such sources.”