Tuesday, 16 October 2018


15th October 2018.

His Excellency

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR
Federal Republic Of Nigeria
Aso Villa

Your Excellency,


This is not an attempt to join issues with the authors or sponsors of a letter dated 15th October 2018 with the above caption and addressed to you. The said letter which from its content was meant to be a personal letter to you but how it found its way to the social media where it has been trending all day exposes the intent of the sponsors which is to blackmail the Honorable Minister of state for Petroleum, Dr. IBE KACHIKWU, an ugly situation that is gradually becoming a norm against him despite his immense contributions and efforts in building the Delta state chapter of APC alongside his unquestionable commitment to his official assignments in line with the change mantra of your administration.

Your Excellency sir, it is true that the Honorable Minister joined the APC just after your victory and that of the party in the 2015 general elections and subsequently his nomination for the position he currently occupies and meritoriously at that with his professionalism evident and well documented as far as his official boundaries could cover. However, prior to his appointment and his subsequent entry into active partisan politics, Dr. IBE KACHIKWU has been a long standing friend of the Governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa which has not in anyway affected his loyalty to APC in our dear state but why and how some persons have continued to hoodwink him with it, shows that they are still far behind in the realities of the 21st century politics. 

Only few weeks ago, in his unrelenting efforts to give APC a stronger footing ahead of 2019, the Minister met with leaders of the party at the grassroots from across the state where he unequivocally assured them of his preparedness to ensure that you, President Buhari wins Delta state in 2019 and will also work hard to dislodge Governor Okowa and his party in all elections. This was well documented and publicized. So it is surprising when people continue to tag his name to these unnecessary debate and accusations of working against the party's interests or for Okowa.

Even before now, it is well known that Delta APC has been enmeshed in series of crisis and the Minister had tried all he could as much as his capability in crisis resolution can go in resolving the crisis but these same people have always thwarted and sabotaged these efforts both openly and clandestinely and the reason is not far fetched. Many times, the sponsors of these attacks have refused to give him his due respect by bluntly refusing to honour every peace meeting called by him as the highest political office holder in the state and by extension, the Leader of the party. So this letter to you sir is only in continuation of their orchestrated media attacks all in an effort to give the dog a bad name to hang it. But in this case, such lies and misinformation of the general public will not be allowed hence we will let out some of the achievements of this great son of Delta and Anioma within this short period of time as listed below:

Under him, many APC members have been employed

It is also instructive to state here that under his leadership, Oil Companies operating in Delta State were summoned for a meeting in Delta State Government House where a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between them, the State Government, and Community Leaders of which some APC leaders who fell into that category were present, on inclusive development of the State.

Many of the Party members through their leaders got Scholarships in PTDF, NDDC and jobs in PTI and DPR. Under him, a qualified Deltan who was nominated by an APC Chieftain got a Federal Scholarship to be part of the ongoing 2 years Railway Training in China.

Under Kachikwu?s tremendous efforts, Peace returned to Delta state and he singlehandedly stepped in to stop the crisis in Gbaramatu Kingdom which is a credit to our Party APC.

Again, this same Kachikwu risked everything to ensure that Maritime University come alive in Okerenkoko and today, that same institution has employed hundreds of Deltans.

Today, Deltans doing business in the Oil and Gas industry, always have unhindered access to carry out their businesses so far it is done in line with laid down mode of operations.

Under him, the revolution in Gas flare initiative ongoing with Delta State inclusive will equally create massive employment for many of the APC faithful in the State as well.

Also not forgetting to mention that we are aware that the Minister contributed in very huge amount to the legal battle that ensued after the 2015 Guber election against Governor Okowa.

From 2015 till date, he has continuously funded the running of the party running into millions of Naira.

Taking a keen look at the milestones achieved above with some of them having a direct link with the Government of Delta state as partners could be some of the reasons his detractors have continued to label him in bad light forgetting that many policies of the federal Government are tied into partnership with the state Governments irrespective of party affiliations. If these are true and verifiable, is it not surprising that these attacks are instead converted to massive support for him? What better way of empowering party members than these ones or maybe they are still looking towards the old PDP style of sharing state funds to them.

Having enumerated these, we are constrained to appeal to you his Excellency to disregard these baseless petitions, protests and Media attacks on the person of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu as his towering credential is well known to you as he works and reports to you directly as the Minister of Petroleum. Secondly, nobody has more information than you as the Commander in Chief and the Leader of our great party the APC.

We want to use this opportunity to once again thank you for finding our illustrious son worthy of such office and we will assure you of our commitment in mobilising Anioma youths for your re election in 2019.

Pst. Norbert Sochukwudinma

Barr. Mike Ogosi

Emmanuel Chi Oweazim Jnr

Sir Engr. Voke Emekpe



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