According to reports, the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has denied claims in some quarters that some members of the party booed the immediate past governor of the state and Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, during a meeting held in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
There were claims in Port Harcourt that Amaechi was booed by members of the party, who were mostly youths, over some contending issues.
The state Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, dismissed the claim, saying the youths had no reason to boo the leader of the party in the state.
Describing the claim as a mere propaganda, Finebone agreed that although there were some issues during the meeting held in Woji axis of the state capital, Amaechi was not jeered at by the youth.
“The youths were asked to resolve the ones they could resolve and move the others forward. That does not amount to booing the minister. What would be the point of booing the minister when the youths attended that meeting?
“Perhaps, there were contending issues among them and he (minister) asked them to resolve them.
“Boo for what? How would they come to the meeting and then begin to boo him (Amaechi)? The (claim) is just mere propaganda by some people.
“The meeting, which held on Woji Street at the ESI in Port Harcourt, was not for media coverage; it was for the party youths and the leader. It was not supposed to be an open meeting,” Finebone stressed.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has accused the Nigerian Bar Association of failing to protect the judiciary from being “illegally” harassed by the Federal Government.
Wike said the NBA had sold out and withdrew at a time the people needed the association to stand by them.
The governor spoke when the Governing Council of the African Bar Association paid a courtesy visit to the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He charged the African Bar Association to take up the role of advocacy on behalf of the Nigerian people, the way it intervened in The Gambia and Burundi.
The governor said, “The NBA has sold out. At the time the people needed it to stand with them, the NBA withdrew. We have given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Federal Government the opportunity to intimidate the judiciary with frivolous petitions and prosecution.”
In his remarks, President of the African Bar Association, Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, commended Wike for what he termed his promotion of the rule of law and investments in projects that enhanced access to justice.
He also described Wike as one of the outstanding governors who stood out in terms of projects delivery across the state.