The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State and a pro-All Progressives Congress (APC) group, The Patriots Alliance (TPA), have disagreed on the bribery allegation levelled against the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, by two justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
While the PDP is calling on the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and prosecute Amaechi, insisting that he has no moral justification to remain in office, TPA said the former Rivers State governor was not the person on trial neither did he has any case to answer.
State chairman of PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday on his behalf by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve Amaechi of his position pending the determination of the matter by the law enforcement and anti-graft agencies.
“Mr. Rotimi Amaechi is facing serious accusations by two reputable Supreme Court Justices of being behind their travails, including the raiding of their residences, arrest, detention and carting away of various vital items and documents as well as blackmail by operatives of Department of State Security Services,” PDP said.
For its part, TPA, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday and signed by its spokesman, Solomon Nna Okocha, advised both Justices John Inyang Okoro and Sylvester Ngwuta to leave Amaechi alone and facing the legal challenges stirring them in the face.
The statement reads, “As Patriots, one of our self-imposed duties is to protect credible public servants who are caught in-between the monstrous fangs of the consequences of proper governance. To us, the dim-witted accusations spiralling from the very apex of our judiciary, must be met with wittier confrontations. We cannot sit back as officers of the law attempt an abominable media spin in order to divert attention from their alleged crimes, all in order to attract cheap public sympathy.”
“Let it be on record that it is not Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, that is on trial here; those on trial are members of the judiciary who are entangled in one form of corruption allegation or the other. In that sense, we hereby wish to kindly advise our Honourable Justices to immediately quit the queer gallerious display of fallacies and quickly prepare for their imminent day in court.
“Amaechi was not there when the Judges stacked millions of dollars in their private apartments: Amaechi was also not there when DSS arrested them: neither was Amaechi there when they started answering questions raised by the DSS and EFCC bordering on their alleged corrupt practices. So why rope-in Amaechi into their pathetic travails?
“Nigeria is not a Banana Republic, neither is Nigeria a land of fools where any Tom, Dick, and Harry can stand up and point accusing fingers at another person without providing credible evidence to back up whatever claims is brought to the fore.”