A coalition of 14 political parties under the auspices of Credible Alternative Alliance, CAA, has urged the senate to disqualify the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi on the ground that he was indicted by a penal of enquiry set up by the Rivers State government.
The National Coordinator of the group, Dr. Damian Ogbonna in a statement signed and made available to journalists in Abuja, said it would amount to a violation of the rule of law, should the Senate bow to the pressure of President Buhari and confirm Amaechi as minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to him, no serious minded person will read ambiguities in the foregoing elements of the Nigerian Law. When read together, in the light of the indictment against former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, the man is not qualified to be appointed a minister of the Federal Republic.
Ogbonna said, “The issue here is not whether he is rightly or wrongly indicted; that is a matter for him to go to the courts to clear his name, if he so believes that he is wrongly indicted. Until he does that, he stands indicted under the laws of Nigeria.”
He said the implication then is that all government agencies and institutions should honour the indictment until set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction. To do otherwise, smacks of lawlessness.
According to him, “Section 66(1)(h) states: “No person shall be qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives if: he has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by Judicial Commission of Inquiry or an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or a Tribunal set up under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act, a Tribunals of Inquiry Law or any other law by the Federal or State Government which indictment has been accepted by the Federal or State Governments respectively;”
“Section 147(5): No person shall be appointed as a Minister of the Government of the Federation unless he is qualified for election as a member of the House of Representatives.
“One can only wonder in disbelief, what the President and his party were thinking when they approved this man for ministerial appointment. Only a bunch that holds the laws of Nigeria in contempt will disregard it with such impunity.
Nigerians of all affiliations, be it tribal, regional, religion or political, have collective obligation to set aside primordial tendencies and selfishness whenever issues of law are raised.”
The group also accused the APC of enforcing the law and their anti-corruption crusade only when it affects the political opposition and to ignore the same tenets when it affects their friends and supporters.


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