Na’Allah, Melaye lead “change” against Amaechi

By Amako Nneji October 30, 2015 14:43

Na’Allah, Melaye lead “change” against Amaechi

The report of the Samuel Anyanwu-led Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has revealed that the Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah and Senate Spokesman, Dino Maleye opted for the non-confirmation of Rotimi Amaechi as a Minister.

The report obtained by Post Nigeria revealed that Na’Allah & Melaye who served as the Vice Chairman of the Committee and member respectively appended their signature that the Senate should not consider the confirmation of the former River State Governor.

Another All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator that signed the report is Omotayo Alasoadura.

According to sources as quoted by the Nation, “two APC Senators dared the Presidency by rejecting Amaechi’s ministerial nomination when they joined their PDP counterparts in appending their signatures.

    “Coincidentally, the two legislators were absent at yesterday’s session.”

The source added; “Would they have had the courage to openly oppose Amaechi’s ratification when the senators walked out?”

Melaye who was once the Executive Secretary of Anti-corruption Network might have signed the report due to his anti-corruption stance.

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Anyanwu’s Committee recalled how Amaechi had testified saying the matter contained in the petition was already before an Appeal Court and would therefore be sub-judice to consider the petition.

It disclosed the receipt of three separate letters from Amaechi’s lawyers, arguing that he could not appear before the committee because the matter for which he was invited was already in court.

He also reported that the committee received the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry led by retired George Omereji and the state’s White Paper, which indicted Amaechi.

Having informed the Senate of the petitions in its possession, the committee, in its recommendation, stated: “Since the ministerial nominee had gone to the Court of Appeal to challenge the content of the petition and the White Paper of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, the Senate is unable to recommend consideration of his confirmation.

    “That the Senate do consider and adopt the recommendation as proposed by the committee.”

Tempers flared at the Senate on Thursday, October 29, during Amaechi’s attempted confirmation following the presentation of the Committee report.

Amaechi was the subject of a group’s petition to the Senate who accused the controversial former Governor of mismanaging N71bn in State funds.

Anyanwu had revealed the panel recommended Amaechi’s confirmation be put on hold because he was in court challenging the allegation against him.

The committee, he said, also reviewed the White Paper on an administrative panel of inquiry, which he said, indicted Amaechi.

According to Anyanwu, going ahead to confirm Ameachi would amount to preempting the court’s decision on the matter. 8 out of the 11-member committee signed the report.

Reacting to the report, Majority Leader, Ali Ndume said Amaechi should be cleared since the committee agreed that the upper chamber cannot enquire into a matter that is in court.