The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has described the gathering of indegenes of Ikwerre land in Rivers State, as “epochal and monumental”.
The ceremony was held on Saturday at Isiokpo, the Traditional Headquarters of the Ikwerre land.
The event was organised by the Ikwerre Youth Movement, IYM, a socio-cultural organisation in Ikwerre land was to solemnize the Chieftaincy title earlier conferred on Chief Amaechi by the Ikwerre Traditional Rulers abiding by all the traditional rites of the ancient Ikwerre heritage as “Eze Ochi Aliri 1 of Ikwerre Land” which means the person who stands tall to take on and ward off any challenge in a family or Community.
There were 21-gunshots salute to honour Amaechi. The people also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari believing in their own.
In a statement by the President General of Ikwerre Youths Movement, IYM, Azubuike Chikere Wanjoku, “the Ikwerre people are grateful to President Buhari for assisting our son to demonstrate to the world, a great leader he is. Amaechi is our own Zik, Awo, Balawa and Saraduna.”
It is reported that the title makes Amaechi the most influential Ikwerre indegene.
According to the state APC, “Amaechi stands out as the only Nigerian that was a Speaker of a State House of Assembly for eight years, Chairman of the Speakers’ Forum of Nigeria, Governor of Rivers State for eight years and two term Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum and most historically led an opposition political party to unseat a sitting President in Nigeria.”
The party explained that, Amaechi “is not only changing the face of Transportation in Nigeria as the Minister of Transportation but stands out as one of the key and influential member of President Buhari’ s political team.
“Refers in some quarters as the Lion of Niger Delta Politics, this great son of Rivers State has being reappointed to lead APC to victory come 2019 as the Director General of the Presidential Campaign Council. No son of Rivers State has achieved such feats to warrant his ethnic tribe to have so honoured him in this manner.
“Not minding that the incumbent Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Ezebunwo Wike is of the Ikwerre extraction but the Ikwerre people in the event pleaded with the Eze Ochi Aliri 1 of Ikwerre to introduce the APC candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election which is a walk over as Wike has proved what it means not to be a Governor”.