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Ministerial Nomination

  • Rivers Senators Reject Amaechi ministerial screening
  • APC senators kick
  • Bukola Saraki Commits petition to ethics committee for investigation.

Expectedly, the politics of ministerial nomination traditionally played out today in the senate chamber as the three (3) Senators representing Rivers State rejected the nomination of the immediate past Governor of the State, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi while calling for his disqualification, committed to investigation over alleged financial impropriety in the course of his stewardship as Governor of the Oil-rich Rivers State.

Standing on relevant rules, Senator George Thompson Sekibo-Rivers East presented a petition on behalf of integrity group, a non-governmental organization whose goal is anti-corruption crusade, based in Port-Harcourt, entitled: “Petition Against Ministerial Nominee: Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi: demand to withdraw and reject his nomination and appointment on Corruption, Criminal Breach of Trust, unlawful Enrichment and Conversion of over N70 Billion Rivers peoples monies by the former Governor of Rivers State”.

The group catalogued the alleged financial fraud to include compromised sales of state proceeds, assets and conversion of 302 million proceeds of the sales of N60.480 billion without remittance to the State Coffers contrary to public procurement policy.

The petitioners further alleged that the ex-governor secretly sold four power plants at Onne, Afam, Eleme and Trans-Amadi to his cronies whom they claimed made payments in dollars into the State assets sales account but was diverted into Amaechi’s bureau de change companies on his (Amaechi’s) instruction.

Further, they said, “it is important to note that some of these companies are not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and none was a licensed Bureau de change agent on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) list of licensed bureau de change agent as at the time of the transactions”.

The petitioner was further incensed that the ex-governor even boasted in the public about these transactions by saying, “if we go and change it (dollars) in a bank, it will be N150 to a dollar but if we go to black market, it will be N175 to a dollar, I said change it in the black market”.

They also alleged unlawful fraudulent conversion and payment of N46 Billion to Clinoriv Specialist Hospital and Leisure limited, a “mystery Hospital that cannot be found anywhere or even a stone laid on the proposed site”.

Worst of all, the petitioners lamented the ex-governor’s perceived disregard to constituted authority by failing to honor an extended invitation by a panel of inquiry constituted by the Rivers State Government to answer questions over these allegations of fraud leveled against his stewardship and therefore not fit to occupy the position of a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while calling for Amaechi’s committal to further investigation and refund of the looted funds.

Senate President Bukola Saraki saved the day by committing the petition to ethics and privileges Committee for investigation amidst the protest by APC Senator who shouted down Senator Thompson Sekibo.

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