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We Are Not Deterred By Amaechi’s Libel Suit – PDP

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By  Anuli Agwu


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State on Wednesday described the claim by the immediate past state governor,  Rotimi Amaechi, that he had sued the party as a threat aimed at diverting attention from shocking revelations of the mismanagement of state resources.

The State PDP Chairman, Chief Felix Obuah, explained that while it expected the processes of the said suit to be served the party, Amaechi should apologise to the people for allegedly running the state aground. Amaechi had in a statement on Tuesday said he had sued the state PDP, its chairman and two others over allegations that he (Amaechi) embezzled $758m (N80bn) belonging to the state while in office.

The former governor had recalled that the state PDP on August 6, and August 21, 2015, alleged that the said state funds were stashed by him in an account in his name in Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, United States of America.In  its reaction to Amaechi’s claim, Obuah, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, said the party would never be intimidated by anybody, including Amaechi on the matter.

Obuah also pointed out that the former chief executive of the state refused to appear before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to defend himself on the allegations against him.

“The litigation threat is diversionary in the light of shocking revelations, testimonies and discoveries of acts of lawlessness, fraudulent and injudicious spending of state resources by him (Amaechi) while in office being witnessed before the Commission of Inquiry into the Sale of Valued Assets of the State by his administration for which he was invited. But he refused to appear to defend himself.

“While not wishing to join issues with Amaechi until he makes real his boast by serving the processes of the said suit on the PDP and those he claimed he sued, the party would not be deterred by threats of litigation neither will it be intimidated by anybody, let alone Mr. Amaechi that should be apologising to the Rivers people for running the state aground for eight years,” Obuah stressed.

He, however, maintained that the said lawsuit would offer the state PDP the opportunity to expose to the world the atrocities committed by the immediate past governor. He also added that  such steps will also afford the world the opportunity to determine if Amaechi was corrupt or not.

“The intended lawsuit by Amaechi, if true, will offer the party the opportunity to expose to the whole world the atrocities committed by the former governor, for them to adjudge whether Amaechi is corrupt or a saint as he is hoodwinking those who do not know him very well to believe,” Obua added.