Chairman, Senate Ad hoc Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has denied media reports (not The UNION ) that the Committee members are divided over the report of the petition against former Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
Anyanwu, who debunked the reports yesterday, maintained that there was no disagreement among them.
“My Committee members are all part of the decisions we took on the petitions brought before us concerning former Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Amina Mohammed. Everything was done in the open, we carried out our assignment in a transparent manner.
“We had to wait for a very long time for the author of the petition against Amaechi, who came all the way from Port Harcourt. We decided in our magnanimity, to take the respondent (Amaechi).
“The session didn’t last too long because he said the matter was in Appeal Court regarding his indictment by the White Paper by the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry. We said that our hands are tied since the matter is in court, and we have to wait for the petitioner also to give him fair hearing.
“Obviously, we must hear from the petitioner. In fact, I have to get my Committee members, those, who had left, to make sure that we formed a quorum. We stayed, and waited for the petitioner, who invariably came around 5 p.m., saying that he was delayed.
“We have to do this because we cannot take the respondents without the petitioner. Before the petitioner came, we received documents from the Attorney-General of Rivers State, accompanied with the White Paper indicting Amaechi.
“The petitioner came, made submissions, and we demanded for supporting documents, which he provided. What Amaechi’s lawyer brought was just a letter attaching a suit they filed, which had not been filed, pending at the Appeal Court.
But because the petitioner came late, some of the Committee members had left, but we still formed a quorum.
“However, because we closed late on Tuesday, we could not meet after the ministerial screening. The report was not ready. The matter is a committee work, the Chairman and the Clerk cannot produce a report. It must be all- inclusive. We must have all the members being part of it.
“So, there was no disagreement among us. There was no problem. We will make sure that we present our report. Having heard from Amaechi and the petitioner, our report is ready, and we are all unanimous on it,” Anyanwu said.
– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja