Nigerian Govt Condemns Attack On Amaechi In Spain

Reps Summon Amaechi Over Corruption Allegations
Mr Rotimi Amaechi (file)

 

 

The Nigerian Government has condemned the attack on the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, in Spain.

Mr Amaechi who is in Madrid for a climate change event came under attack by some Nigerians living in the European country.

He explained via his Twitter handle that it took the intervention of the Spanish police to bring the situation under control, adding that he was not hurt.

 

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Reacting to the incident in a statement, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, thanked the Nigerian Mission in Spain for its prompt intervention.

She also commended the Spanish police who ensured that the attacks did not escalate any further.

Dabiri-Erewa appealed to Nigerians to be of good behavior wherever they find themselves.

According to her, such incidents ultimately tarnish Nigeria’s image within the host country, with multiplier negative effects on law-abiding and well-behaved Nigerians living in such a country.

Amaechi Describes Claim Of Appointing Governorship Candidate As Mischievous

Amaechi Describes Claim Of Appointing Governorship Candidate As Mischievous

 

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, on Saturday faulted a claim that he has appointed a governorship candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State.

In a statement from his media office, the minister described the allegation as mischievous, stressing that it was deceitful for anyone to make such a claim.

Amaechi said it was his constitutionally enshrined democratic right to support any qualified aspirant of his choice as a Nigerian, registered voter and a card-carrying APC member from the state.

He, however, said he would not go against the laws of the land and the APC Constitution while supporting any member of the party in the 2019 general elections.

Amaechi is part of the delegation that accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari to China on Friday for the 7th Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Ministers also on the President’s entourage are Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign Affairs), Babatunde Fashola (Power, Works and Housing), Muhammad Bello (FCT), Okechukwu Enelamah (Industry, Trade and Investment) and Udo Udoma (Budget and National Planning), among others.

Read Amaechi’s statement below;

On official national assignment in China, the attention of the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been drawn to several wild, misleading, misguided and deliberately distorted stories and claims linking the Minister who is the Leader of the APC in Rivers State and the South-South region, to a purported ‘appointment’ of a Governorship Candidate for the APC in Rivers State for the 2019 gubernatorial election.

To clarify this fallacy, the Minister restates that:

As an individual, a registered voter and a card-carrying APC member from Rivers State, it’s the Honourable Minister’s inalienable, constitutionally enshrined democratic right to back/support/promote any qualified fellow party member of his choice, to aspire to be the candidate of the party in the State in the forthcoming governorship election or any other election.

However, as a true and thorough democrat, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, a foundation member of the APC and a leading light of the party, recognizes that the Party candidates for the 2019 general elections will be chosen/elected by party members through the prescribed democratic process in the party’s constitution, rules and regulations.

It is, therefore, preposterous, mischievous; wholly and intentionally disingenuous and deceitful for anyone to claim, allege or even insinuate that the Honourable Minister has “appointed” a governorship candidate for APC in Rivers State.

Wike Expresses Worry Over Conduct Of Rivers Rerun

Nyesom Wike, Chibuike Amaechi, Rives RerunThe Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, says he is not satisfied with the conduct of the legislative rerun election in the state.

He told Channels Television that the collated results were being manipulated in favour of the opposition political party.

Governor Wike claimed that strong effort was made to upturn the results already won by candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He expressed worry over Rivers East, Rivers West, Andoni and Opobo Nkoru federal constituencies, where he said his party’s candidates were set to sweep the polls.

Although the army has since denied involvement in the process, the governor insisted there were video evidences.

Meanwhile, a former governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, described as baseless, claims that results were manipulated to favour the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Amaechi denied the allegations that the APC was using delayed tactics to tamper with the results in areas where candidates of the PDP were in the clear lead.

A statement from his media office stated that apart from the fact that the minister was not aware of what Governor Wike was talking about, the governor must allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collate and announce results of the rerun elections.

“As governor, Wike cannot be INEC or dictate to INEC how and when to announce election results, it’s sad that Wike is desecrating the office of the governor with all his spurious allegations,” the statement read.

Amaechi Claims Wike, PDP Behind Killings In Rivers State

chibuike-amaechi-and-nyesom-wikeA former Governor of Rivers State, Mr chibuike Amaechi, has accused the current governor, Nyesom Wike and his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), of being behind killings in the state. 

This allegation is the latest in allegations and counter allegations that have been put forward, as political parties in Rivers State prepare for the December 10 re-run legislative election.

Mr Amaechi claims that Mr Wike could not deny his involvement and sponsorship of the killing of innocent Rivers people and stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections and the March 19 re-run elections in the state.

Cache Of Arms And Ammunitions

The former governor made the allegations while addressing reporters at the Port Harcourt International Airport on arrival in the State for Saturday’s re-run legislative elections.

He said the cache of arms and ammunitions Mr Wike recovered from cultists during the first phase of the Rivers State Amnesty Programme was evidences to buttress his allegations.

“Wike has not denied he did not kill people. He sponsored those who carried arms in the 2015 general elections.

“Even, during the campaigns, our people were beaten, manhandled and others threatened, leaving many dead. But we will not continue to allow these things to happen like that. Members of the PDP were also responsible for killing APC members in Omoku,” Mr Amaechi, who is now the the Minister of Transportation, told reporters.

When asked for his opinion on claims by the PDP and Governor Wike that the Police and INEC in Rivers state have connived to manipulate election results in favour of the APC, Mr Amaechi, who is a member of the APC said: “If Governor Wike and the PDP have justifiable evidence, let them present it to the general public and stop blackmailing me or INEC and Police.

“The allegations are immaterial, null and void. Why is Wike and PDP making too much noise and fruitless allegations?” he questioned.

But Mr Wike has vowed to release a video of the plot to rig the election in favour of the APC when the need arises.

Despite Wike’s claims, Mr Amaechi claimed that his popularity in the state was enough to the give his party victory,.

He argued that he was more popular than all those in the PDP because, when he left office in 2015 as Governor of Rivers State, he had over 75 per cent support from Rivers people and other Nigerians resident in the state.

“This is so because, as Governor then, l overhauled the Health and Education sectors by promoting free healthcare system and free education.

“Over 10,000 teachers were employed, including the building of critical infrastructures, roads and youth empowerment, making Rivers people and other Nigerians experience change.

“So, l am very sure l had more popularity than any PDP stakeholder including Governors across the country,” he claimed.

Mr Amaechi further urged the people of the state to disabuse their minds against comments by the PDP and Governor Wike, which he said were calculated to rubbish him in the eyes of right thinking persons, in order to score cheap popularity and further whip up public sentiments to heat up the polity.

He called on Rivers people and other Nigerians resident in the state, including supporters and stalwarts of the APC to turn out en-masse to vote on Saturday, urging them to always protect their votes at election venues.

“Before now, I used to tell my Party members to vote and protect their votes, but there has been complains of indecent attacks from the PDP, so, I have asked the APC party members to protect their votes and their lives as well, because the PDP cannot be bigger than everybody everywhere,” Amaechi explained.

He equally expressed total displeasure over what he called, “irresponsible comments” by Wike, stating that, “at several occasions, Wike has abused the office and privileges of the governor, especially, his sudden interception of Security operatives who were detailed by law to arrest corrupt judges in some states across the country”.

“During my tenure as Governor, I never abused the office of the Governor, because, it is sacred and should be respected in all ramifications,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister in a broadcast aired on Radio stations across Rivers State asked Rivers people to take advantage of the December 10 re-run elections and vote the right persons to represent them and put an end to the alleged terror they have been made to go through by the Wike and PDP administration in the State so far.

He said: “This is another opportunity for us to exercise our right to vote for candidates of our choices. You would recall that the last time the elections were held, members of the APC were brazenly, crudely and violently prevented from exercising their inalienable rights to elect those they wanted. Those same characters and forces that stole our votes by violently, denying us the right to vote the last time, are at it again.

“In the months and weeks leading to this Saturday’s election, they have employed the use of violence and intimidation and harassment all aimed at preventing us from coming out to vote, they have turned our hitherto peaceful state into a haven of brazen criminality culminating in killings and maiming of innocent citizens.

“However, it is gratifying to know that the Commander-in- Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, has assured the security of lives and property in the state before, during and after the election.

“Mr. President has graciously provided adequate security through the length and breadth of the state. I therefore, enjoin you all to come out en masse and exercise your civic right on Saturday”.

5,000 Megawatts Not Enough For 170million People – Fashola

Power generationWorks, Power and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola has acknowledged difficulty in handling the power situation in Nigeria and hinged the challenges on low power generation.

The Minister spoke during the first in the series of the Federal Government town hall meetings held on Monday in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city.

During his presentation, Mr Fashola told the gathering that the 5,000 megawatts of electricity currently being generated was inadequate to address the nation’s power problems.

“I acknowledge that we are in a result-driven business and perhaps today results are measured by ‘in my ministry, how many roads have been finished? How much power do you have, how much housing can you get?’

“Those results are not yet delivered but I assure you they will be delivered.

“Some results are becoming evident to us in government and they may seem intangible to those outside government and I understand that. They are results of clearly understanding why we are where we are.

“Should we continue to do what was done in the past if it hasn’t solved the problem?

“ECN, the precursor to NEPA and PHCN was inaugurated by ordinance in 1950; that’s 66 years. So why hasn’t the problem been solved in 66 years? Why did we inherit it?

“So I am looking at some of the things that have been done well and some that could have been done better but I will summarise the power issue simply in one word.

“There is not enough power. 5,000 megawatts for 170million people is just not enough. The solution is delivering more power on an incremental and sustained basis,” Mr Fashola said.

The town hall meeting is expected to hold in six geo-political zones and two other cities, Abuja and Kano.

It is an interaction between the government and persons from different sectors of the economy.

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah and Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi were also in attendance.

First Edition Of FGs’ Town Hall Meetings Holds In Lagos

FG Town Hall MeetingThe first in the series of the Federal Government town hall meetings held On Monday in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial city.

The meeting is expected to hold in six geo-political zones and two other cities, Abuja and Kano.

It is an interaction between the government and persons from different sectors of the economy.

At the Lagos meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers talked to artisans, traditional rulers, students and a cross section of the public

Those in attendance are the Information Minister, Mr Lai Mohammed, that of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah and Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.

During his presentation, Mr Fashola told the gathering that the 5,000 megawatts of electricity currently being generated was inadequate to address the nation’s power problems.

The Power Minister, however, believes that the problems could be surmounted.

On his part, the Minister of industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Enelamah, said that the follow up on the China trip embarked on by the President would be very intense and that the President had given his cabinet the mandate to deliver.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Kachikwu, said the Buhari-led government had reduced a lot of excesses within the oil and gas sector and close to ending the era of subsidy payments while making sure the refineries would commence production shortly.

The Minister, however, appealed to Nigerians to be patient and hopeful, as he believes a lot is being done.

Rivers Rerun: PDP Sues Amaechi, INEC

Rivers Rerun: PDP Sues Amaechi, INEC, Army OfficersThe PDP in Rivers State has dragged the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, the INEC and some personnel of the Nigerian Army to court for the deployment of soldiers during the rerun in the state.

The Nigerian Army personnel include: the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin; the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and the Commander, 2 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.

The Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kingsley Chuku, made the disclosure to Channels Television in Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

Mr Chuku said that the suit, which was filed on Tuesday before a State High Court in Port Harcourt became necessary after an earlier order granted by the same court on March 15, 2016 was disobeyed.

He insisted that Justice George Omereji had in his ruling, restrained the parties from aiding the use of soldiers in the Rivers rerun election.

According to the legal practitioner, committal proceedings against the defendants seek to commit them to prison for disobeying court order.

The court has fixed April 14 to commence hearing of the committal proceedings by the PDP in Rivers State.

Both the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have traded words over the parliamentary rerun polls which ended in violence in the oil-rich state.

Rivers Rerun: APC Holds Rally In Gokana LGA

RiversThe people of Rivers State have been urged to reciprocate Federal government’s commitment to the implementation of the UNEP report by voting in the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in Saturday’s senatorial rerun elections.

This appeal was made on Tuesday by the leader of the APC delegation to Rivers State and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, during the grand finale of the Rivers State rerun elections rally in Gokana Local Government Area.

Mr Amaechi, while canvassing for massive support for the APC candidate also disclosed that one billion dollars has been released by the federal government for the clean-up of Ogoni land.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the senatorial re-run polls, Mr Andrew Uchendu, has pledged to improve socio-economic infrastructure in Etche Local Government Area.

He said this at an earlier held town hall meeting which had in attendance the former Rivers State Governor, Mr Chibuike Amaechi.

The Minister also assured eligible voters that adequate security has been provided by the federal government during the polls.

Rivers APC, PDP In War Of Words A Week To Rerun Election

Rivers Election APC PDP trade wordsThe political tension in Rivers State has continued to gather momentum, as the State and National Assembly rerun election get closer.

This time, with less than one week to the polls, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state are in a war of words over issues surrounding recent killings and the conduct of the election.

The Minister of Transport, who is also the leader of the APC in the state, Chibuike Amaechi, has temporarily relocated to the state till after the polls

Scores of APC youths are on the streets in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, as leaders and supporters of the party wait patiently for the former Governor and Minister of Transport who is currently engaging the media on trending issues in Rivers politics.

On his arrival, the Minister told journalists that the government of the day should be made to answer questions about the recent killings in the state.

“The only way to stop insecurity is for the Governor to stop supporting these criminals. He has to stop his party from killing APC members. That is not politics,” he said.

He said there was no cause for alarm, as far as threats of insecurity in the state were concerned.

“Tell  them not to be afraid. The President has assured us of security. You will see security that day. Anybody who owns a gun should bring out his gun that day.

“We have one million membership base and if they come to vote, PDP can’t defeat us,” he said in optimism.

The Commissioner of Information in the state, Austin Tam-George, who is keeping tab with the Minister’s statements, believes the reports of killings in the state were cult related.

“Those who were been arrested and are now in police custody are cults kingpins and they have made confessional statements and those people detained have released intelligence that is now being used by the police to track down others,” he told Channels Television.

He accused the APC of claiming that every dead person was its member, a situation he said was unfortunate.

The Commissioner insisted that the election was not a do or die affair, assuring Rivers residents that the Governor’s promise of a free, fair and credible electoral process would be upheld.

“People should be allowed to make their choices in a violence-free atmosphere,” the emphasised.

The people in the streets hope the polls will indeed be peaceful.

Federal Roads: FG Assures Oyo Of Reimbursement

Abiola-Ajimobi-and-Chibuike-Amaechi on Federal Roads
Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi

Efforts are ongoing to collate all outstanding money spent by State governments on Federal Government roads for reimbursement, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, says.

While expressing satisfaction at the level and quality of job done on the projects inspected within Oyo State capital, Ibadan, on Friday, Mr Amaechi said his visit was aimed at doing a critical assessment of all Federal Government road projects executed by the state governments.

The Minister, who is also the Coordinator for the Committee for Reimbursement of cost of federal projects executed by states in the South-West, gave the assurance that despite the paucity of funds, the Buhari administration was committed to assisting states.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his cabinet members led the delegation from the Ministry of Transportation on the inspection of the newly-dualised New Garage-Odo Oba Elewe-Apata road; Azeez Arisekola road; Molete-Oke Ado-Queens Cinema road and Mokola-Sango-Ojoo road, which were federal roads constructed by the state.

The Minister said the Committee on Reimbursement of funds spent on projects by states, headed by the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, was satisfied with the quality of works done on the inspected projects.

He further told reporters during the inspection that other federal projects spread across the state would also be inspected by a team of federal engineers.

Mr Amaechi stated that the report submitted by the engineers would receive adequate attention of the Federal Government with a view to reimbursing the state.

Welcoming the Minister in his office after the inspection, Governor Ajimobi said that he was hopeful that the Federal Government would, in the earliest possible time, reimburse the state to enable it give attention to other developmental projects lined up for the benefit of the people of the state.

After the inspection, the Ministry’s delegation moved to Ogun State for a similar exercise.

House Of Reps Holds Budgetary Allocation Defence

House-of-Representatives-NigeriaTop officials of Ministries and Agencies in Nigeria appeared before the House of Representatives on Tuesday to defend their budgetary allocations.

One of the agencies at the defence was the Nigeria Prison Service, which made an appeal for extra budgetary allocation to help it take care of the over 65,000 prisoners in its custody.

The Comptroller General of Prisons, Ezenwa Ekpendu, who represented the agency, said more funding would enable the agency upgrade prison facilities to adequately cater for inmates.

He pointed out that most of the prisons in Nigeria were congested, highly exceeding their capacities.

The House of Representatives had suspended plenary for two weeks to allow committees concentrate on the 2016 budget.

Part of the officials of the other ministries that appeared before the lawmakers was the Minister of Environment, Hajia Zainab Ahmed.

She met with the House Committee on Climate Change.

At the interactive session, the Minister said Nigeria was predisposed to severe negative impacts of climate change due to lack of proper coordination to mainstream climate change concerns into national development planning process.

Some agencies under the Ministry of Interior were also before the House Committee on Interior to defend their budgets.

For the Nigeria Immigration Service, it was a chance to speak on their activities, with the Comptroller General, Martins Abeshi, listing the areas that the Service had made impacts.

Meanwhile, the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives investigating railway contracts from 2010 to 2014 also had a hearing.

The session with the former Chairman of the Nigeria Railway Corporation, Haliru Mohammed, at a point resulted into heated arguments.

The Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, was also at the hearing.

The investigative hearing panel is expected to submit its findings to the House in plenary for deliberation.

Senate Will Confirm Amaechi As Minister Without PDP Senators – Ndume

NdumeThe Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Senate would ensure that the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, scales through confirmation as Minister.

This is contrary to insinuations that the former governor might not be confirmed by senators when they resume plenary on Tuesday, October 27 due to the protest against Amaechi by PDP members in the upper chamber.

In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna, Senator Ndume expressed displeasure with the tension being generated by the Rivers State chapter of the PDP over the nomination of Amaechi as minister, stating that despite all the protests and petitions, the former governor remained qualified to be confirmed as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to him, with the APC having the highest number of members in the Senate, the PDP cannot stop the Senate from confirming Amaechi or other nominees as ministers.

Senator Ndume also debunked reports of him being under pressure from the APC national leadership to resign his position as Majority Leader and allow Senator Ahmed Lawan to occupy the position.

Instead, he maintained that quitting his position was beyond him, as he could only do so if his colleagues from the North-East were on the same page with the position of the party’s leadership.