Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The political intrigues surrounding the ministerial screening of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and his eventual confirmation for appointment as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the All Progressives Congress, (APC) dominated Senate is an official endorsement of corruption and gross abuse of democracy.
This is the view of the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in reaction to the nod given to president Buhari’s choice of Amaechi as one of his Ministers despite the monumental allegations of fraud, looting of State treasury.
The party said the unprecedented abuse of trust while Amaechi held sway as Governor of the State for eight wasted years, as contained in the Justice George Omereji led – Judicial Commission of inquiry and the Rivers State Government white paper which indicted Amaechi.
The PDP chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah stated this through a press statement by Jerry Needam, his Special Adviser on Media and publicity.
Obuah said for throwing the most revered rules of the Senate and the sanctity of the laws of the land to the winds for the singular reason to compensate an indicted party member does not only amount to fait accompli but also exposes the hypocrisy of the APC-led federal government that anchored its campaign slogan on anti-corruption crusade.
He however, commended the courage of the PDP Senators for staging a walk-out, which is a historic statement that they were not and could not be part of the institutionalization of corruption in Nigeria and the legalization of criminality and scarification of integrity on the altar of loyalty.
“While we look to the end of the APC-led federal government which has started on precarious feet of falsehood and deceit, we can only say that the end can never contradict its means which in this case, is suspect.
“Our regret is the APC’s disservice and disappointment to the entire Nigerians whose hope of getting a better alternative government from the Buhari administration and 8th Senate has been dashed.”
“It’s an illusion to think that Amaechi and his like as ministers would perform anything different from what they did while they served in all other capacities”, the State PDP boss declared.