Sekibo Accepts Governor Amaechi’s Challenge To Open Debate

Gov. Rotimi Amechi of Rivers State.

Barely a week after Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State threw a challenge at  anybody criticizing his administration of corruption and frittering away the wealth of  Rivers people an open public debate, Dr. Abiye Sekibo, the former Nigerian Secretary to the  State Government, SSG, and former Minister of Transport, has accepted the challenge.


Amaechi threw the challenge in an interactive session during the Summit on Information,  Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Dr. Sekibo has not only accepted the challenge, he  accused Governor Amaechi of deceiving Rivers people.

According to Sekibo who spoke to Port Harcourt-based radio station LOVE FM,97.7: “This is a  Governor who claims that he has saved over N100 billion naira in compulsory savings for  Rivers yet he is borrowing about N130 billion naira through the approval of the house of  Assembly where only one voice(legislator) opposed it.”

Sekiboalso said that during the public debate, which would be anchored by professional  bodies like the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and the Nigerian Institute of Public  Relations, NIPR, he was ready to confront Governor Amaechi on “facts and figures about how  his administration has mortgaged the future of the children of Rivers State.”

On the claim by Amaechi that his administration is being blackmailed because he has refused  to grant the demand by some individuals to share Rivers money, Sekibo said: “I challenge him  to call the names of such persons, the place and time. It is all lies. The so-called  request, if it is true, is a criminal offence. Why has he not reported such persons to EFCC,  Code of Conduct Bureau and other anti-graft agencies?”

—Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt


  1. amaechi as far as i am concerned is the best criminal of all time.he can only decieve a few but those that are educated will and can never b fooled with miserable administration

  2. Politicians are a curious bunch. For 8years that Dr Sekibo was either SSG or Minister of Transport his people of Okrika stock went into exile because of Dr. Sekibo’s foot soldiers headed by Ateke Tom.Today, in Rivers, we can see bridges,roads of dual carriage status, state -of-the art model schools, Hospitals,Healthcentre etc, including in Okrika at a time when the state oil wells are ceded to Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states drastically reducing the state revenue.We in Rivers cannot be fooled.You can only accuse Amaechi of doing to many things at time.That may be his sins!
    Dr Abiye does not have conscience.

  3. wall at home .but at least with little time our able governor has spent . we can say Weldon to the Amechi .the unborn children can testify to that .

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