Mild drama ensued on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday when a petition against the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi [above], was submitted by Senator Gorge Sekibo on behalf of a group from the State.
The troubled started when Senator Sekibo raised point of order to submit a petition but when All Progressive Congress in the Senate discovered that it was petition against former governor of Rivers state, they kicked by shouting, “no, no, noooooo.”
Despite the APC protest, Senate President Bukola Saraki asked Sekibo to submit the petition which he said was from one of his constituents.
The Integrity Group in the voluminous petition signed by one Livingstone Wechie requested the Senate to reject the nomination of Rotimi Ameachi as a Minister on the grounds of alleged corruption, criminal breach of trust, unlawful enrichment and conversion of over N70billion Rivers Peoples Money when he served as Executive Governor of the State between 2007 and 2015.
According to the Group, details of the N70billion allegedly stolen by Ameachi as Executive Governor of the State, have already been forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and other related offences ( ICPC) for the needed investigation and prosecution .
The group added that all efforts made so far , to recover or get Ameachi to account for or explain to Rivers people , the whereabouts of the over N70billion allegedly embezzled by him , have been resisted with impunity.
They further said that their move against Ameachi is without prejudice and any form of political motivation as being alluded to by mischief makers, saying ” we shall not relent and we will not stop at nothing to support the Nigerian Senate and the National Assembly in the fight against corruption, particularly in ensuring that anyone no matter how highly placed, is brought to justice”.
Speaking to newsmen about the petition, Senator Sekibo said, “There is this group that is called ‘The Integrity Group.’ They believe in transparency, fighting against corruption, they believe in good governance and effective utilisation of every fund that is allocated to any state government.
“They are based in Port Harcourt. They went into a research and discovered that over N70billion were transferred from hard currency account to places outside the country.
“A petition on this note was written to Mr. President. I believe the President has not read it. If he has read it, he may not have hurriedly nominated Rotimi Amaechi to be a minister.
“Amaechi is qualified to be a minister but when issues of corruption and fraud are openly x-rayed by people, it is necessary for Mr. President to take a critical look and examine the allegations from these people whether they are true or not.”
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