From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
President General, Free Rivers Development Initiatives (FRDI) and former Commissioner for Works in Rivers State during the administration of former Governor Rufus Ada George, Engr Sampson Ngerebara has exonerated the wife of the Minister of Transportation, Mrs Judith Chibuike Amaechi, from the Airport Staff assault saga which has been trending in the social media.
Sampson Ngerebara who was also the Election Planning Chairman of All Progressives Congress in Rivers State, told newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt, that the allegation was a smear plot by the haters of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, to paint him black.
A social media had reported that wife of the Minister of Transportation, Dame Judith and her entourage allegedly tried to stop an Abuja bound Air Peace Airline flight from taking-off at the Port Harcourt Airport.
It was reported that Mrs Amaechi and her entourage arrived late for boarding the Abuja bound flight but when the pilots insisted on going ahead without them, they attempted to stop the aircraft from taking off. That Mrs Amaechi’s entourage formed a human barricade to prevent the alleged fully boarded aircraft from taking off thereby beating up two of the airline’s ground staff for not allowing their principal board the flight.
But the APC stalwart had insisted that the allegation was targeted at tarnishing the image of the Minister of Transportation, stressing that even the Airport Authority has dispelled such rumour.
According to Ngerebara: “The issue spreading on social media, that the wife of the Hon Minster of Transportation, and her aides assaulted staff of the Airport Authority in Port Harcourt, is one of the greatest lies from the pit of hell, and it is intended to smear the image off the wife of the Minister, Mrs Judith Amaechi.
“It is important that the public get this correct version of what really happened. The aides of the wife of the Minister never at any point in time assaulted staff of the Airport authority. That fact has been established by the authority itself.
“When this allegation went wide, the Airport Authority came out strongly to debunk it and indeed went further to punish their staff who assaulted the police. Some police had misunderstanding with the staff of the Airport Authority which has no bearing whatsoever to the wife of the Minister. Those who are haters of Rivers State and Amaechi in particular took that story, painted it and placed it on the wife of the Minister of Transportation.
“I want everybody and Nigeria at large to know that there was no bearing whatsoever, the wife of the Minister has no contact with the staff of the Airport Authority”, Ngerebara defended.