Rotimi Amaechi, the controversial former governor of Rivers State, was expected to be cleared by the Senate yesterday to take up a ministerial position in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
When Amaechi did not show up along with the other nominees, it was expected that his confirmation hearings would take place today.
But Senator Dino Melaye has now revealed to newsmen that the Senate’s ethics and public petitions committee, which was considering corruption petitions against Amaechi from some Rivers State groups, concluded today that, according to Senate rules, the Senate cannot look into a petition on any nominee who has an outstanding court case or a case before any commission of inquiry.
A judicial commission in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, had indicted Amaechi for misappropriating funds from the sale of state assets and recommended that the state’s Attorney-General prosecute the former governor. Amaechi is also challenging the legality of the commission in court. Additionally, one of the pressure groups petitioning against Amaechi had gone to court challenging the Senate’s right to hold confirmation hearings on Amaechi.
Melaye concluded that “Amaechi has no problems” in terms of being screened with other nominees between Tuesday and Wednesday