EMBATTLED gov¬ernor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi may have made entreaties to his cousin and for¬mer governor, Celestine Ome¬hia, asking the latter to drop the court case instituted against him over the governorship of the state.
As the legal tussle between Sir Celestine Omehia, former governor of Rivers State and Governor Chibuike Amaechi continues to reach another di¬mension in the Supreme Court, fresh reports have emerged in-dicating that Amaechi who was highly rattled by last week‘s Su¬preme Court ruling consolidat¬ing his petition and that of Chief Cyprian Chukwu, has initiated moves to meet with his cousin, Omehia, to withdraw the case from the Supreme Court.
A close source who did not want his name mentioned, told this newspaper that the emis¬saries have been dispatched to facilitate a private meeting with Omehia. Our source also revealed that highly respected Ikwerre elders, top politicians believed to have Omehia’s ears were included in the meeting to persuade the former governor to drop the case. Amaechi was said to have told the emissar¬ies to let Omehia know that he is ready for a brotherly talk and that Omehia should remem¬ber that they remain brothers in spite of politics, and that he shouldn’t put him to shame.
The source also disclosed that Governor Amaechi said he was ready to accept conditions that Omehia may give, if only he drops the case. He said offers allegedly made by the governor as a way of showing seriousness was written. The source also said Amaechi allegedly prom¬ised to bring on board Omehia’s key supporters in an imminent cabinet reshuffle.
Nigerian Pilot however, gath¬ered that Omehia in his response to the overtures said he would first of all consult with his party members, including supporters, before taking a position. He said the request goes beyond him as a person.
It would be recalled that Gov¬ernor Amaechi had on the eve of the Nigerian Governors Forum election, May 23, 2013, visited Omehia in his Abuja residence in company of Chidi Lloyd.
It was shortly after the visit that Chief Cyprian Chukwu in¬stituted another petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the leave granted to Omehia by the appeal court to petition against the earlier high court ruling.
Furthermore, ostensibly wor¬ried over the Supreme Court case between him and his cous¬in, Celestine Omehia, which comes up November 11, 2013, Governor Chibuike Amaechi has allegedly brought some powerful pastors and mara¬bouts for the purpose of prayers for his victory.
The pastors and marabouts are said to be stationed at Gov¬ernment House, Port Harcourt, casting and binding with fer¬vent fasting.
The governor may be afraid that his opponents which are gathering momentum would rally round Celestine Omehia and use the case to throw him out.
A staff of government who re¬fused to give his name said the spiritualists had assured the governor that via their prayers and incantations all evil forces threatening his government would ‘not prosper’.
As the clock ticks towards No¬vember 11, the governor may have had his heart in his mouth over the outcome, since his ‘brother’ has not responded yet, notwithstanding the promises of the people of God.