EFCC probe of Akpabio while Amaechi walks free shows Buhari’s bias – PDP
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, has reacted to the letter written by ex-
Governor Rotimi Amaechi, urging the Senate President,
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 others.
PDP described the letter as illogical and one that should
State Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah in a statement by his
media aide, Jerry Needam, noted that Amaechi’s letter
to the Senate President was an attempt to ignore the
White Paper report, undermine the crusade against
corruption and expose President Muhammadu Buhari’s
fight against corruption as partisan and targeted at only
members of the opposition and perceived enemies.
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”, it said.
The PDP said the monumental fraud discovered by the
Judicial Commission of Inquiry and huge revenue lost
when Amaechi was governor of Rivers State cannot be
“Amaechi has no defense to allegations of fraud
against him as contained in the Government White
the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.”
The statement 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
disqualifies Mr 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.
“Therefore, Amaechi’s letter to the Senate President
should be disregarded. It lacks merit and contradicted
the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, 1999, as amended.
“The letter to the Senate President further makes
mockery of Amaechi and amounts to desperation and
glorification of corruption.”