PDP Praises Senators For Staging Walkout Over Amaechi
THE National Caucus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the walk-out by its senators against the confirmation of former Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for ministerial appointment as a demonstration of the party’s stand against corruption.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, stated this while briefing journalists on the decisions reached at the end of the party’s caucus meeting which began late on Thursday night and ended in the early hours of yesterday. Metuh also declared that the caucus viewed the confirmation of Amaechi’s nomination as minister by the Senate as an indication of the insincerity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the fight against corruption.
The text of Metuh’s briefing which was based on a communiqué released at the end of the meeting, reads in part: “We salute the courage and unity of purpose of our senators, especially as demonstrated in the Senate chamber on Thursday, in their collective stand against impunity and corruption in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.
“The PDP states that what the APC senators did on Thursday finally put a death nail on their party’s Presidential war against corruption. While the APC former governors are being rewarded with ministerial appointments in spite of cases of corrupt charges on them, the PDP former governors are being hounded in a selective war against corruption”.
The party, according to Metuh, called on President Muhammadu Buhari as leader of Nigeria to stand up for justice and equity in the country. “Mr President should halt the undemocratic attitudes of some agents of government in the interest of peace and stability,” he said.
Metuh added that the caucus identified the judiciary handling election petitions in some states particularly Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Taraba, Ogun, Plateau and Lagos states as provocative. “PDP notes that the outcome is a consequence of the arm-twisting from the nation’s security operatives under the direct command of APC,” he said.
Metuh revealed that the party was worried over harassment of Resident Electoral Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on election petition matters.
He said the party also resolved that there was cause for concern on the nation’s political environment especially the survival of her democracy. “We resolved that the gains recorded in 16 years of nurturing democracy in the country by the PDP is rapidly being eroded. Our democracy is being eroded with non-functioning of basic tenents of democracy and perpetration of actions teething towards dictatorship. This is a huge threat to viable democracy and dangerous to the peace, unity and progress of the country,” he said.