Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has risen in stout defence of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, dismissing calls for his resignation led by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following allegations by some recently arrested judges that he tried to influence their rulings on some election petition cases.
Rivers APC, in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt and signed by its Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, insisted that Amaechi is clean and not guilty as charged.
“We are convinced that God, who has always fought for Amaechi, will continue to save and strengthen him and will once again vindicate him,” the party said.
It lambasted both Rivers PDP, the National PDP and others who have joined in calling on Amaechi to resign and for his probe based on the allegations of attempted bribery levelled by some it described as sponsored and drowning judges who were looking for a tool to stay afloat.
“These calls being championed by the PDP are just the latest manifestation of the party’s frustration and fight against Amaechi in retaliation for his role in dislodging the PDP Government at the centre during the 2015 presidential elections.
“These useless calls based on the unfounded and baseless attempted bribery allegations against the former Rivers State Governor and Minister of Transportation confirms our fears and stand that the two discredited Justices made these allegations as part of a political strategy to destroy APC and run down the political fortunes of this rising star.
“PDP is only acting out its frustration over the key role that Amaechi played to end the corruption system engineered by the past PDP administration at the centre but let us assure the public that this plot has already failed before it was hatched because no sound Nigerian will buy this lame allegation that have no logical stand,” Rivers APC said.
The party further said in the statement that, “Having failed to deny him the 2007 PDP gubernatorial ticket and to stop his appointment as a Minister, PDP is now sponsoring some unpatriotic, chronic corrupt and confused Judges to start mentioning Amaechi’s name in the hope that doing so will save them from paying for their heinous crime against the people of Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole.”
Continuing, Rivers APC said: “We wish to counsel the Justices already arrested for corruption to be men enough and face their trial accordingly and leave Amaechi alone.
“Amaechi’s only crime was that he played a yeoman’s role in the efforts to see to the emergence of the revered Muhammadu Buhari as the President of Nigeria who, imbued with God’s wisdom and strength, has launched an uncompromising war against those who looted our common patrimony who in retaliation are frustrating the economic recovery of our dear country by promoting insecurity in our country.
“We will like to reiterate unequivocally that Amaechi is not only clean but a tool to free Nigeria from the corruption imposed on us by those who hate our nation. He demonstrated his sagacity and prudence by saving a whopping sum of N134.4 billion (Using N168 to $1 as it was in 2014 when the contract was first signed under Jonathan’s Administration) for the nation by negotiating downwards the planned 1,402km Calabar-Lagos Coastal Rail Project.
“Amaechi has by this singular act demonstrated to the entire world that he is one of the Saints in the public service of our great nation.”
It further said, “As much as we sympathise with PDP in its failed plot and wild chase to silence and intimidate Amaechi, let us remind them that Amaechi will never be cowed as fighting against him means fighting against God and failure will always be their portion but in case they have forgotten so soon, Chibuike means ‘God is all Powerful’ and ‘Rotimi’ an abridged version of ‘Oluwadurotimi’ meaning ‘the Lord stands by me’, while Amaechi means ‘who knows tomorrow?’
“It is, however, in vain that these chronic looters and enemies of Nigeria are fighting against Amaechi as he is innocent of the charges against him and bound to triumph at the end of the day.”