After a few days of guided response to the crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly, the Presidency has started speaking up, stressing on Friday that Rivers state Governor Rotimi Amaechi should be held responsible for the escalation of the crisis on Tuesday.
Special Adviser on Political Matters Ahmed Gulak pushed this position while speaking to newsmen at State House, Abuja.
He spoke a day after President Goodluck Jonathan responded to the crisis from China calling on all parties involved to sheath their swords.
The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity appealed to the lawmakers and other interested groups in the state to put their personal egos and ambitions that seem to have gotten into the way of their commitment to uphold the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
Dr Abati also noted with regret continuing attempts to link President Jonathan to the crisis in Rivers state stressing that the President did not instigate the crisis neither would he support any action that would negate his avowed commitment to the rule of law.
While the President was trying to toe a conciliatory path, his Special Adviser on Political Matters was on the war path pointing out that Governor Rotimi Amaechi was actually responsible for the escalation of the violence in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.
For one he stresses that the Governor had no business intervening in an internal crisis of the House of Assembly to the extent that even his Aide de Camp and Chief Security Officer were involved in the fracas that ensued.
Besides, Dr Gulak stressed that President Jonathan was the victim in the crisis which he described as the Governor's plan of mischief.
Meanwhile the President's Political adviser still insists that there is no faction of the People's Democratic Party in Rivers state as the governor is simply refusing to work with a state executive that was installed as a valid court judgment.
THe Political Adviser is not afraid to take Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka up on his comments indicting President Jonathan and his wife for fueling the crisis chastising him of going public without knowing the facts.
The President's men are closing ranks in the bid to distance him from the crisis in Rivers state.
It is situation that could easily snowball to unpleasant implications if not handled with extreme care.