God will choose my successor, says Amaechi
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi said at the weekend that God will choose his successor at the appointed time.
He said he would pray to God to make His choice on who becomes the next governor of Rivers State.
Amaechi spoke at St. Barth’s Anglican Church, Bera Deanery, during Senator Magnus Abe’s thanksgiving service in Gokana Local Government Area of the state.
The senator organised the thanksgiving service to express appreciation to God for surviving the attack on him by the police during a Save Rivers Movement (SRM) rally in Rumuola, Port Harcourt.
Amaechi said the next governor would be somebody of reliable character who would continue to transform the state.
He said: “You must prepare for the next election so that you will teach them a lesson and the only way to teach them a lesson is first to pray to God, after praying go and register if you don’t have a voter card. If you have a voter card, wait for the election and vote against PDP.
“I have not started praying for who will take over from me. When I start you will know. The prayer for now is God, we want you to deliver APC, God, we want you to lead us to build a party called APC.
“The moment we are convinced that we are finished with that, I will put my knees again on the ground, and I will tell my wife and I will tell my pastors. Usually, when we go to God, we don’t go with a name, if you go with a name you are not asking God to make a decision, you are telling God I have made my decision, God please make this decision for me so that we don’t meet failure in the course of the struggle and once God chooses whoever will be governor, I believe that all of us will work together to support the person because all these things we have done so far, if we don’t get the right person in, they would collapse. They will spend four years stealing money before they will remember that you exist because we know them. We have documents, they have served under us.”
Amaechi added: “I was the first to tell him (Abe)to travel abroad because of his condition.”
Abe said he was grateful to God for sparing his life.
He displayed the doctor’s report from the Princess Grace Hospital, London confirming that he was shot.
Immediate past Rivers State commissioner of police Mbu Joseph Mbu denied that his men shot the senator.
But Abe said at the weekend: “Anybody who says I do not have any cause to thank God, is an idiot. I just want all of you to join me to thank God for saving my life. People were here, busy organising demonstrations, to show that nothing happened to me. I do not begrudge them, because we live in a society where human lives are not valued.
“If it is where human lives are valued, nobody would do that, when someone has gone through the pains I went through. When I got to a society where they value human lives (United Kingdom), their reaction was quite different from the reactions from my home country. That is the difference between Nigeria and places that value human lives.”
The Bishop, Diocese of Ogoni (Anglican Communion),the Rt. Rev. Solomon Gberegbara, thanked God for saving Abe’s life and prayed for His continuous protection to the family of the ex-Rivers SSG.