– Amaechi has described the recent allegation by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta as a plot to destroy him by all means
– He says the claim is an unadulterated fallacy design to deceive Nigerians
– The minister of transportation says he is talking with his lawyers and will explore lawful channels to seek redress for this gross defamation his character
Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has described the recent allegation by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta as a lie and part of a plot to destroy him by all means.
In a statement made by his media office, Amaechi said the allegation was an unadulterated fallacy design to deceive Nigerians, The Nation reports.
He said: “Justice Ngwuta’s allegation as it concerns Amaechi is nothing but pure fiction, a dubious diversionary tale concocted to muddle the very serious issues of his arrest and investigation by the Department of State Services (DSS).
“For emphasis, we want to state categorically that Amaechi did not and has never tried to lobby, induce or make the Justice Ngwuta to influence the outcome of any matter before the Supreme Court or any other court.
“The Hon. Justice Ngwuta’s narrative as it concerns Amaechi is simply not true, an unadulterated fallacy design to deceive and distract from the real issues of DSS investigation of acts of corruption against him. “It’s indeed very sad and most unfortunate that the Hon.
Justice Ngwuta had decided to drag the name of the Honourable Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), into his fabricated allegations.”
The statement added: “Again, we make bold to state that Amaechi did not and has never lobbied, approached or attempted to make the CJN or any other Justice of the apex court to influence the Supreme Court judgment on the Rivers State and Ekiti State governorship elections petition appeals or any other matter before the apex court or any other court.
“Within a space of 48 hours, we have observed a carefully planned and coordinated political attempt to drag Amaechi into the DSS arrest and investigation of judges in Nigeria.
“The aim of the plot is two-fold: to smear and politically destroy the image and reputation of Amaechi, and deceitfully portray him as the person behind the arrest of judges. This is indeed most ridiculous and callous.
“We are aware of a well-timed, heavily-funded plot to “take out” Amaechi politically, and it appears that Justice Ngwuta and Justice Inyang Okoro (of the Supreme Court, who had also made similar made-up allegations against Amaechi), have wittingly or unwittingly been conscripted into this devious politics of “destroy Amaechi by all means.
“Amaechi is not and cannot be behind the arrest and investigation of the Hon. Justice Ngwuta. He should kindly leave Amaechi alone and face the issues he has with the DSS.
“Amaechi is talking with his lawyers and will explore lawful channels to seek redress for this gross defamation against his character and person.”
Justice Ngwuta, in a letter dated October 18, which he forwarded to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed and the National Judicial Council (NJC), had accused Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transport and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, minister of technology, as those that approached him on behalf of the APC, to help pervert justice in the governorship election cases involving Ekiti, Rivers and Ebonyi states.
Ngwuta, said Ameachi begged him to facilitate the removal of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, adding that shortly after the Supreme Court affirmed the election of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, Amaechi also called him on phone and said “Oga is not happy”. Justice Ngwuta’s claim came barely three days after Justice John Inyang Okoro, also a Supreme Court Judge, alleged that Amaechi, reached out to him over election appeal cases for Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia states