Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticized the embattled former Governor of the State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his letter to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The former governor Rt Hon Amaechi had written the Senate President urging him 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), arguing that it lacked merit and logic.
The State Chairman of the PDP, Brother Felix Obuah made the assertion, while reacting to the letter by Mr. Amaechi to the Senate President, Saraki.
According to Brother Obuah in a statement by his Special Adviser, SA, on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, “Amaechi’s letter to the Senate President is an 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 invitation and interrogation of the Senate Minority Leader, former governor of Akwa Ibom State, and one of the leaders of the Peoples 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 statement revealed.
The PDP said the monumental fraud discovered by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry and huge revenue lost, when Amaechi was governor of Rivers State could not be ignored.
“Amaechi has no defense to allegations of fraud against him as contained in the Government White Paper. He was invited, but he failed to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
The PDP chairman drew the attention of the Senate President, Saraki to the combined provisions of Sections 66, (1) (h) and 147 (5) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, which unambiguously disqualify Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi from being a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“If in doubt, the PDP counsels Mr. Amaechi to seek interpretation of the relevant sections of the constitution from his lawyers.
The combined effect of sections 66 (1) (h) and 147 (5) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended and read together disqualifies Rotimi Amaechi from becoming a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
The party argued that Amaechi’s letter to the Senate President should be disregarded, as it lacked merit and contradicted the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.
The PDP maintained that Amaechi’s letter to the Senate President further made mockery of himself, the All Progressives’ Congress, APC and amounting to desperation and glorification of corruption.


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