Ahead of Tuesday’s screening of the ministerial nominees by the Senate, the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend made a strong case for the immediate past governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to be among the few who should be given special consideration by the Senate for the traditional ‘take a bow and go’ during the screening exercise.
The party in a statement issued on Sunday in Port Harcourt by the state chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, commended the Senate for the decision to be thorough in the forthcoming screening exercise but appealed to it not to totally discard the tradition of asking deserving ones to take a bow and go.
“We wish to respectfully appeal to the distinguished senate to put Rt. Hon. Amaechi on the list of nominees to be honoured with the ‘bow and go’ tradition because he is a distinguished former lawmaker and, indeed, the only Nigerian who apart from being the Speaker of a State House of Assembly for eight years from 1999 to 2007, but also meritoriously served as chairman of the Nigerian Speakers Forum, thereby greatly contributing to the legislative evolution of Nigeria,” Rivers APC said.
The party also pointed out that Amaechi is one of the few Nigerians who have enjoyed the privilege of being elected governor of a state for two consecutive terms and is the only Nigerian who has served for two terms as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
“In addition, Amaechi’s great sacrifices that helped to bring about the present change in the country are well known and have been widely acknowledged by people from various walks of life. We are confident that our great Senators will follow suit by asking this patriotic Nigerian whose love for a strong, virile and united Nigeria is infectious to take a bow and go when he appears before them in the days ahead.”
It would be recalled that only last Friday, opposition against the choice of Amaechi got to the crescendo as 13 Peoples Democratic Party members of the House of Representatives from Rivers State joined others in protesting the nomination of Amaechi for appointment as a minister by submitting a petition to the Office of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
The legislators had called on the Senate to disqualify Amaechi on the grounds of having several corruption allegations against him. The lawmakers referred to the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the state government to investigate the sale of public property, noting that in spite of the allegations leveled against Amaechi, he did not appear before the panel to clear himself.
Political pundits have argued that it would amount to a miracle if Ameachi should have a smooth ride as he appears before the Senate this week. This is against the backdrop of the Upper Chamber’s earlier pledge to Nigerians that it would subject each of the President’s nominees to thorough screening.


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