The People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Rivers State has regarded the letter written by the immediate past Governor of the State, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, urging the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to disregard the Rivers State Government White Paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry for the investigation of his administration on the sale of valued assets and other related matters, which indicted him, (Amaechi), seriously lacking merit and logic.
Making this assertion is the Chairman of PDP in the State, Bro Felix Obuah while reacting to the letter by Mr Amaechi to the Senate President, Saraki some days ago.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, noted that Amaechi’s letter to the Senate President is just another attempt to ignore the White Paper report, undermine the crusade against corruption and expose President Buhari’s fight against corruption as partisan and targeted at only members of the opposition and perceived enemies.
The PDP’s statement reads (in part): “The invitation and interrogation of the Senate Minority Leader, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, and one of the leaders of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Godswill Akpabio, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, while Mr Rotimi Amaechi, indicted for corruption is freely going about lobbying to become a minister, is a pointer that Buhari’s fight against corruption is targeted at the opposition and perceived enemies.”
The party told Nigerians that the monumental fraud discovered by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and huge revenue lost when Amaechi was governor of Rivers State cannot be ignored.
The Party reminded Nigerians that Amaechi was defenceless against the allegations of fraud against him as contained in the Government White Paper. It also recalls that the former governor was invited and he failed to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
The party further drew the attention of the Senate President, to relevant provisions in Sections 66, (1) (h) and 147 (5) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which unambiguously disqualifies Mr Rotimi Amaechi from being a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The party concluded that the letter to the Senate President only exposes Amaechi’s ignorance of the Constitution and amounts to desperation and glorification of corruption advising that the former governor seek interpretation of the relevant sections of the constitution from his lawyers.