Concerned party members operating under the auspices of All Progressives Congress, APC Support Group, yesterday pleaded with the Senate to set aside the indictment of the former governor of Rivers State. Rotimi Amaechi, and go ahead with his screening today.
The Senate last week deferred the screening of Amaechi pending the report of its Ethics and Privileges Committee over the pending cases in court, emanating from the outcome of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry that indicted the former governor.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the APC Support Group lead by the Deputy National Coordinator, Mr. Kunle Ehinlayo, said the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Rivers State government was contrived to primarily indict Amaechi in a bid to ensure he does not get any political appointment in future.
“The issue of ministerial nomination of Rotimi Amaechi has become an unnecessary national discourse which we believe is a slap on the face of all agents of change in the country.
“Curiously, in anticipation of Amaechi’s ministerial nomination, as events have now revealed, the PDP government in Rivers state constituted a probe panel into his tenure, which as expected, discredited Amaechi’s stewardship and went ahead to persuade the Senate to reject his nomination.
“We cannot but feel a sense of extreme politicking in the unfolding development, especially when we put into context the activities and pronouncements of some PDP Senators from Rivers state on the matter which we believe were being stage managed by the powers that be in Rivers state.
“We took note of the hurried indictment of Amaechi via the report of the probe panel, which was planned to coincide with the screening as a deliberate political action.
“We also took note of the massive media smear campaign simultaneously carried out against the former governor, necessitating observations from concerned leaders of thought from Rivers state that beyond the rhetoric of name calling, there was a hidden agenda to embarrass Amaechi so thoroughly to create a negative public image that could mar his future elevation into higher political leadership or position of national service, at least in this dispensation.”
The group also agreed with the position of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, about the inherent dangers in using subterfuge to discredit political opponents.
“As stakeholders in the Nigerian project, we are very worried that political manipulations and subterfuge are being used as tools to discredit political opponents, which we believe is not in the best interest of our nation and its development,” the group stated.

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