Port Harcourt - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied reports that a non-governmental organisation, Integrity Group, has secured a court injunction to stop the Senate from screening former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi as a ministerial nominee, reports NewsDay.
The Rivers State chapter of the party in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, said it had search the registry of all the Federal High Courts across the country and did not find any such proceeding pending or an order before any court in the country.
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The party stated that the State High Court has no power or jurisdiction under the Nigerian Constitution to determine any matter that relates to the function of the Senate
The party noted that the Federal High Court is the only court that has jurisdiction to determine any matter in which the Senate is made a party, pointing out that judges of the Rivers State Judiciary are aware of the constitutional provision in question.
The party said it is aware of the desperation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop Amaechi’s nomination as a minister at all cost.
It would be recalled that there were reports that one Livingstone Wechie of the Integrity Group had approached the Rivers State High Court to stop the screening and confirmation of Amaechi as a minister.
The reports claimed Wechie was able to secure an order stopping the senate from going ahead with the exercise.
Amaechi was billed to be screened on Thursday but his screening has now be deferred to Tuesday as a result of the delay in the report of the Senate’s Ethics and Privileges Committee.
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- News 24