MasterwebNews 18/10/15 - Ministerial Confirmation: Amaechi And The Mystery of His Political Struggles

[ Masterweb Reports: Eze Chukwuemeka Eze ] - PREAMBLE AND POLITICAL LIFE: Contrary to the expectations of Chief Nyesom Wike and his gang of miserable ingrates, their ferocious campaign to blackmail, disparage and portray Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi as a very corrupt person and unfit to be appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria failed to achieve the desired objective. On 30th September, 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead to list and submit the name of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi along with those of 20 other great Nigerians as ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. 

 

 

 

However, to the shock of most Nigerians, during the two sittings of the Senate to screen and confirm the 20 ministerial nominees, Amaechi’s screening was deferred based on the Senate’s on-going investigation into the fraudulent petition against Amaechi by one Livingstone Wechie working in consonance with Wike. This is despite the fact that the case is in court and is, thus, not supposed to count against Amaechi with regard to the Senate screening. 

 

 

 

As God would have it, the Senate has resolved that Amaechi will be screened on 20th October, 2015 alongside the 16 new nominees submitted by President Buhari. This indicates the failure of the wicked plots by Wike to truncate and frustrate the ministerial position of Amaechi.  Senate Spokesman, Otunba Dino Melaye confirmed on Thursday that Amaechi and eight others would be screened on Tuesday. According to him, “Amaechi has no problem; he would be screened on Tuesday. We received two petitions, one on Amina Ibrahim and one on Rotimi Amaechi. We sorted out her own; Amaechi’s is a one-line petition.” Melaye further said: “The report of the Ethics, Privileges and Petitions Committee would be ready next week; Amaechi will be screened alongside eight or nine others because our extant laws prevent us from commenting on cases undergoing judicial review.”  

 

 

 

PUBLIC OPINION FAVOURS AMAECHI 

 

 

 

It is the view of a Civil Society Group that “Wike-led govt’s approach/ response to the nomination of Amaechi as a minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria is brutish and petty.” To an elder statesman, Adamu Ciroma, “All these people opposing Amaechi’s ministerial nomination are ignorant of the following facts: Even if Amaechi does not become minister he will still remain with Buhari and enjoy his life. Many people enjoyed Jonathan’s government without being ministers. Virtually, they were more powerful than some of the governors. Dokubo, Edwin Clark… 

 

 

 

To Lauretta Odochie, a London-based civil society activist, “Call him what you like, Rt. Hon. CR Amaechi has become an Idol of some sort with a cult following especially in his immediate constituency, the South South.  He is more admired for standing up to the bullying tactics of the timid ex-President Jonathan and his over-bearing wife who ran the illegal arm of his government. Gov. Amaechi is a warrior and knows how to do battle. But during the last elections in March and April 2015, he lived up to his Progressive expectations by proving that he indeed, had left PDP, body, soul and spirit and now a reformed progressive. He showed bravery in the face intimidation, thuggery and electoral malpractices across Rivers State. After all, he is now a progressive who believes that electoral success is not about thuggery and hooliganism, but the will of the people. But the forces of retrogression in the South South are not done with Hon. Amechi. In a bid to thwart his chances of being nominated as a Minister by President Buhari, an obscene amount, looted from the people, was earmarked and spent in a blitz media war aimed at tarnishing the image of Hon. Amechi in the eyes of the President. Did President Buhari take them seriously? Absolutely not! President Buhari himself has been a victim of such campaigns of calumny so can identify with those who are targets. President Buhari is sensible, reasonable and intelligent. Best of all, he has his own mind. Unlike Pres. Jonathan, he knows when someone is pulling the wool over his eyes. This must be a lesson for all those who have been using the media to lie and utter despicable things about people they are either envious of or loathe. So on 20th October, 2015, Nigerians, particularly South Southerners, expect Rt. Hon. Chibike Amechi to dazzle at the Senate. It promises to be everything you find in a James Hardly Chase novel. Watch out!” 

 

 

 

Ifeanyi Izeze, a seasoned and respected media chief in Nigeria, in a recent article titled, “Protest Against Amaechi Nomination and Inanity of Rivers Politics”, stated: “It is unbelievable how the minds of our people work. If as said by Sekibo that this same petition was forwarded to all anti-graft agencies and the Presidency some two months ago, does it not occur to him and the other protesters that if Buhari still went ahead to nominate Amaechi, it must be that the so called petition is not worth the paper it is written on? 

 

 

 

“How does Buhari nomination of Amaechi negate the president voiced anti- corruption stance? Submission of allegations two months ago to the President sounds to me that he must have done his background check to really confirm those allegations and might have established the baselessness and political mischief in all of it. And this verification of not only allegations against Amaechi but every other nominee facing accusation of corruption from their various constituencies may have been one of the reasons for the delay in announcing the ministerial list. If the Wike-led Rivers state government actually meant to probe Amaechi management of the state funds in truth and sincerity, it would not have started by dangling mind-blowing figures of stolen monies even before inaugurating the panel to look into the account books of the state. Now the problem the government and its people are having is reconciling all the alleged figures which they have publicly accused Amaechi of stealing or misappropriating. Rotimi’s name was verified by both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) before taken to the Department of State Security (DSS) and now with the Senate for confirmation. Anybody who thinks Amaechi has not been cleared by EFCC, ICPC and DSS before being nominated and sent to the Senate for confirmation should actually have his head examined.” 

 

 

 

At the end of its consultative meeting in Port Harcourt on October 14, 2015, Doing Democracy Movement (DDM),  a creation of the Niger Delta Civil Society Coalition (NDCSC) with membership of over 80 critical civil society and human rights organisations across the political Niger Delta region, issued the following communiqué with regard to the nomination of ex-governor Amaechi as minister by President Buhari: “Chibuike Amaechi deserves the recognition and call to further service extended to him by Mr. President, by virtue of the remarkable delivery of public goods in Rivers state, as a two-term governor. Such public goods in the area of education, health, agriculture, urban renewal, road networks, security, etc, are most evident across the communities of t

 
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