Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Senate Suspends Rotimi Amaechi's Probe

The Senate Petitions committee today cleared former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi of all petitions brought against him before the senate over his ministerial nomination.

According to the senate petition committee, the matters brought before it by the petitioners are currently in court and so will not be interfering in such matters. They immediately cleared Rotimi and asked him to take a bow and go. They asked all the petitioners to wait for the outcome of the various cases in court.

Chairman Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East)  who spoke on Monday, October 12, when Amaechi and the former Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, Amina Mohammed, arrived the Senate, said it was not feasible for the committee to still look at the petition or probe Amaechi.

He said the issues raised in the petition before the committee were already in court, adding that in line with the Senate Standing Orders, senators will not attend to it.

Anyanwu said since the issues raised were in court, Senate would not want to run foul and brought the sitting to a close at 2.35 p.m.

Section 41(7) of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended, reads: “The Senate shall not receive any petition on any matter for which there is a judicial remedy.”
Amaechi, who arrived the Committee Room 1.20 at 2.22p.m. in company of his former Commissioner for Information, Mrs Ibim Seminatari, was asked by the committee chairman if there was anyone he was not comfortable with as a member of the committee.

He said no and swore to the Bible to say the truth at 2.27 p.m.

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