Following stunning revelations indicting the Minister of Transportation and former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, of attempting to bribe some Justices of the Supreme Court to pervert justice in the governorship election matters that were before the appellate court, the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the former Governor of Rivers State to resign his position as he does not have any moral justification to remain in office as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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.
According to the Justices, Amaechi had approached them demanding that Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Abia and Ekiti States election petitions must be delivered in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
In his revelation, Justice John Inyang Okoro, had stated that Amaechi told him President Muhammadu Buhari told him (Amaechi) to inform him that they (the APC) must win their election appeals in respect of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia States at all cost and that if the party lost in Akwa Ibom State, where he (Amaechi) sponsored the candidate, he would have lost a fortune.
On his part, Justice Sylvester Ngwuta stated that his refusal at various times to help the APC to pervert justice in governorship election disputes involving Ekiti, Rivers and Ebonyi States was responsible for his ordeal.
In a letter dated October 18, which he forwarded to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and the National Judicial Council, Ngwuta specifically fingered Amaechi to have attempted to bribe him and that 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”
Shocked at this sterling revelations on the subversive and undemocratic actions of Amaechi, considering the danger it poses to the nation’s democracy, the Chairman, Rivers State chapter of the PDP, Bro Felix Obuah, called on the relevant authorities to immediately commence investigation into these allegations.
Obuah called on Amaechi to first step aside from carrying out national assignments in the capacity as a member of the Federal Executive Council to allow for an uninterrupted and objective investigation by the relevant government security and anti graft agencies.
The PDP Chairman further called on President Buhari to also relieve Amaechi of his position pending the determination of the matter by the law enforcement and anti-graft agencies.
Obuah believes that to further prove his innocence of the various allegations, Amaechi should resign, cooperate and allow the process of his investigation by not sabotaging any of such efforts in getting to the truth.
The PDP Chairman explained that although the party was shocked at the extent Amaechi went about attempting to steal the mandate of the Nigerian electorate, particularly in the mentioned States, but that those revelations have vindicated the PDP in Rivers State, as it has consistently complained about the corrupt and undemocratic dispositions of Amaechi and some of his APC folks.
“We demand thorough investigation into these stunning revelations by these honouable Justices of the Supreme Court and call on the accused (Amaechi) to resign immediately, as he lacks the moral rectitude to remain in office as a public servant,” Obuah insisted.