Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Mahammadu Buhari to immediately set up a probe panel to investigate the grievous bribery allegations made against his minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta and Justice Nyang Okoro that he approached him to swing judgement against the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose at the Supreme Court.
The party, which stressed that the probe becomes necessary especially now that the president has put the judiciary on test of integrity, added that the probe of allegations against Amaechi will go to a certain extent to determine the culpability of individuals who might have been involved.
In statement by the State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, “President Buhari should be courageous enough to look into allegations against his men if he wants Nigerians to change their opinions that his fight against corruption is selective and vindictive.”
Adebayo said “when judges of the highest court in the country were revealing how Amaechi had tried to influence judgement by offering bribe which they rejected and the next thing was arrest and detention of the judges, the president should not pretend as if nothing is happening.”
The PDP spokesman added that, the National Judicial Council (NJC) should also come out with statements affirming or otherwise what the judges have said because they made Nigerians to believe that each time Amaechi made his clandestine approach, it was reported to the Chief Justice of Nigeria who is the chairman of NJC.
According to the party, “this allegations can not be swept under the carpet not only because all what Amaechi was desiring to achieve was to upstage the PDP governors in Ekiti, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States but because of precedence and to redeem the image of the so called anti-corruption fight of the APC government.
The PDP noted that the statements coming from APC after the revelations of the pressure from Amaechi to overturn the the elections of Fayose and other PDP governors have further indicted him in the minds of Nigerians, hence the need to probe the matter to ascertain his level of culpability.
“We can not pretend to be comfortable with the unwieldy selections of who to place on trial on the same matters by the federal government because it is an aggression against democracy and rule of law. “