Senator George Sekibo (Rivers East) presented a petition by a group known as The Integrity Group at the plenary, demanding the rejection and withdrawal of the name of the state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, as a ministerial nominee in view of allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him when he was the governor of Rivers State. The petitioners attached a number of documents to back their allegations.
Reported aptly by ThisDay, the petition was 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.’
According to them, Amaechi secretly sold the four power plants belonging to the state – Onne, Afam, Eleme and Trans-Amadi – to his choice buyer whom they said made the payment in dollars into the state assets sales account.
However, there are indications that the petition may not affect Amaechi’s screening and confirmation as All Progressives Congress (APC) senators attempted to shout down Sekibo immediately he mentioned the petition against him.
In audible voices, the senators chanted “no, no, no” and disrupted proceedings for several minutes until the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, asked Sekibo to submit the petition which he subsequently referred to ethics and privileges committee for investigation.
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