Rivers - Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s refusal to honour an invitation to answer to allegations of fraud was borne out of fear and a guilty conscience.
The party made the claim through state chairman, Felix Obuah, who said if Amaechi was innocent of the charges leveled against him, he should be “bold” and “man enough” to appear before the justice Omereji Commission of Enquiry investigating his administration.
Obuah recalled that when a similar Commission of Enquiry was set up by Amaechi in 2008, both former governors Peter Odili, Celestine Omehia and the former Minister of Transport, and Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr Abiye Sekibo who were invited by the Commission willingly honoured and appeared before the panel to clear their names.
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Obuah challenged Amaechi to submit himself before the Commission and respond to the charges of gross mismanagement of state resources and assets for personal gain.
“Notwithstanding, the Commission, we believe would stop at nothing to carry on with its mandate of unearthing all the hidden frauds and, or recover all the stolen property and resources of the State by all those involved, make recommendations including prosecuting all the culprits no matter their social standing in the interest of the State,” said Obuah.
“One good thing however, is that the whole world can now see that all the claims of transparency by Amaechi while his reign lasted was a mere hoax which ultimate objective was just to hoodwink unsuspecting Rivers people to loot their treasury which he actually did and has to pay back.”
While comment could not be obtained from Amaechi, it was reported he told media in Port Harcourt over the weekend he would not honour the commission’s invitation after failing to stop the commission from investing him through the courts.
- CAJ News