‘Amaechi Is Not Qualified To Be A Minister’ – PDP

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Press statement from the Rivers State PDP.
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) insists that former governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is not qualified to be appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is consequent upon the fact that the combined effect of Sections 66 (1) and 147 (5) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and read together, disqualifies Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State from becoming a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In view of the foregoing, it is instructive
to spell out the constitutional provision
which states as follow:
Section 66 (1) (h) states thus: “No person
shall be qualified for election to the Senate or the House of Representatives if he has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by a Judicial Commission of Inquiry or a Tribunal set up under the Tribunal of Inquiry Act or a Tribunal of Inquiry Law or any law by the Federal Republic of Nigeria or State Government which indictment has been accepted by the Federal or State Government respectively”.
Furthermore, Section 147 (5) states thus:
“No person shall be appointed as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria unless he is qualified for election as a member of the House of Representatives”.
Suffice it to hold that Section 147 (5) as
spelt out above unequivocally states that what qualifies or disqualifies a member of the House of Representatives applies to a Ministerial Nominee, for which former governor Chibuike Amaechi is one.
The PDP hereby states that Hon. Justice
George Omereji Judicial Commission of
Inquiry indicted Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, and the report is accepted by the Rivers State Government and the White Paper duly issued.
Against this background therefore, the
PDP further insists and submits that by
the provisions of the law as enshrined
in the 1999 Constitution as amended, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is not qualified to be a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Signed:
Jerry Needam
Special Adviser On Media And Publicity
To Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix
Obuah

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