WATCH: Minister: Buhari denies Amaechi

By Amako Nneji October 31, 2015 15:52

WATCH: Minister: Buhari denies Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari has consciously denied the Ministerial nominee whose nomination deepened the rift between Senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the Senate’s screening and confirmation.

Buhari issued this disclaimer during a press conference, after the India-Africa Summit, in New Delhi, stating he doubted he had ever met the nominee since the nomination process was a team effort.

When asked if he was bothered over the polarisation of the Senate following the confirmation of one of his ministerial nominees he said;

    “You see, this is a team work. They say I know people but there are people I accept in our team, I trust without knowing them. May be the one that has problem in the National Assembly, I doubt if I have ever met him in my life (coughs).

    “I did not work into the Presidency alone; I have to depend on the three tiers of government from all parts of the country. I have to work with the constitution.”

When Post Nigeria contacted the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina via telephone, he said the President could not possibly deny Amaechi.

    “You must be joking, His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari cannot deny Amaechi. Listen to the video clip again,” Adesina said before abruptly ending the call.

While Buhari was away, the PDP and the APC lawmakers were sharply divided over Amaechi.

Amaechi on Thursday, October 29, got confirmed a Minister amid the hue and cry of not just PDP senators, but some APC senators too.

Amaechi’s nomination had earlier been contested by the three Senators from his State who cited corruption allegations leveled against him by his successor, Nyesom Wike and a civil society group Integrity Group.

Prior to the confirmation, PDP Senators led by the Minority Leader and Former Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio staged a walk out to express their displeasure.

George Sekibo, who originally laid the petition, revealed that it contained delicate issues of corruption and therefore Amaechi should not be confirmed as minister

    “The APC rejected the submission of the PDP, while confirming Amaechi as a Minister

See: Senate confirms Amaechi much to PDP Senators chagrin

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, is yet to investigate him despite several petitions filed against him.

See: 4 Buhari Ministers who owe Nigeria N800bn

Amaechi’s inclusion on the ministerial list has been mockingly tagged by Nigerians as a compensation list rubbishing the anti-corruption mantra Buhari has droned on about.

The President has often said those who were found corrupt or battling corruption cases against them would not be given a place in his government.

Earlier this week, Former Minister of Aviation Fani-Kayode tweeted; “Rotimi Ameachi’s confirmation as a Federal Minister is the greatest mockery of the governments’ so-called war against corruption. It stinks.”

See: Fani-Kayode condemns Amaechi’s ministerial confirmation

Buhari feigning ignorance of Amaechi and his travails is deemed laghauble since the former Rivers Governor served as his Presidential Campaign Organization Director.

The President’s denial is seen as a ploy to distance himself from the dissenting voices accusing him of being selective in prosecuting the war on corruption.

Meanwhile, the opposition PDP while describing the President’s anti-graft war as selective and a sham, has referred to him as a dictator urging him to be sincere and focus on former APC governors, with corruption cases against them.