The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday that there is no court order against the screening of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi [image above].
The party, through its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, described as laughable, a statement being circulated that the Executive Director of Port Harcourt-based Integrity Group, Livingstone Wechie, had obtained a court order restraining the Senate from screening Amaechi.
Wechie, a former Spokesman/Publicity Secretary of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Rivers chapter, was a member of the Media and Publicity Committee, of the Nyesom Wike/Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation in Rivers state.
The ex-CLO’s spokesman (Wechie) wrote a voluminous petition against Amaechi.
The Rivers APC said: “Following the announcement (of existence of a court order stopping Amaechi from being screening by the Senate), we have made frantic search at the Federal High Court across the country and did not find any such proceedings pending or order before any court in the country.
Below are the full details of the press release:
There is no Order against the screening of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi
Our attention has been drawn to a Statement being circulated in the media that Mr. Livingstone Wechie has obtained a court order restraining the Senate from Screening Rt. Rotimi AMAECHI as a ministerial nominee.
Following the announcement, we have made frantic search at the Federal High Court across the Country and did not find any such proceedings pending or ORDER before any Court in the Country, the Federal High Court being the only Court that has jurisdiction to determine any matter in which the Senate is made a party and its duties and functions are the subject matter, in view of Section 251 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
Again, because we are aware of the desperation of the PDP and Mr. Livingstone Wechie on this matter, we have nonetheless carried out a search at the High Court Registry in Rivers State, and no indication that such Order exists at the High Court of Rivers State, except if such order is given to Mr. Livingstone WECHIE in the sitting room of a Judge, which we know that no right thinking judicial officer will do so, especially at this time that the National Judicial Council is desirous of sanitizing the Judiciary.
Clearly, the State High Court has no powers or jurisdiction under the Constitution to determine a matter in which the subject matter relates to the duties or functions of the Senate. The distinguished and Honourable Judges of the Rivers State High Court are fully aware of this Constitutional provision. We strongly believe that none of them would be drawn into such level of judicial rascality or abuse of office, no matter the inducement or incentive.
We urge all good people of Rivers State to remain calm and await the Senate Report and action as has been announced by the Most Distinguished Senate President.
We hereby give notice to the Directorate of State Security Services and the Nigerian Police to investigate this level of misinformation that is capable of breaching the peace. We urge them to be vigilant and watch for any attempt to forge and criminally alter documentation at the Rivers State High Court Registry.
State Publicity Secretary