Faction of The APC’s National Working Committee Calls For The Sack and Prosecution of Amaechi for Corruption

By Ikenga Chronicles October 23, 2016

Faction of The APC’s National Working Committee Calls For The Sack and Prosecution of Amaechi for Corruption

Available information reaching Ikenga Chronicles has revealed that there is a deep split among the leadership of the All Progressives Congress(APC) and the Presidency on the need to prosecute former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Amaechi, has been variously fingered for corrupt practices, with many people in Nigeria calling for his arrest and prosecution, if the Buhari-led government is truly anti-corruption.

According to the report, a section of the APC’s National Working Committee, led by the astute Deputy National Publicity secretary Timi Frank has called on the government to initiate investigations and prosecution of Chibuike Amaechi. The Timi Frank faction, which it is believed has the backing of the APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu recommended that President Buhari should allow the EFCC to prosecute Chibuike Amaechi for the 14 petitions backed with evidence, submitted to the EFCC, detailing his many corrupt acts. By allowing the prosecution of Amaechi, the group believes, the Buhari government would have proven that it is genuinely fighting against corruption. They therefore called for Amaechi’s sack and prosecution.

The Timi Frank group is however facing huge opposition from another faction led by Kaduna and Plateau States governors Nasir El Rufai and Simon Lalong respectively. The El Rufai group wants Amaechi shielded from prosecution as repayment for his N200 billion contribution to the APC’s presidential and governorship elections campaigns  in 2015.According to the group,part of the agreement was that Amaechi will be immune to prosecution in return for his investments.

While many Nigerians continue to wait to see if the Buhari government will finally prove its commitment to fighting corruption by prosecuting a man whom many see as the singular proof of the government’s hypocrisy,reports say that the presidency is handicapped y the fact that Amaechi may release documents proving how he invested hugely in the APC’s campaigns, with loots from the people of Rivers state.

In the meantime, it appears that efforts are being made by the Amaechi camp to see how to use massive media campaigns to overturn people’s opinion of him, and divert attention. The reports also say that President Buhari has directed his media aide Femi Adesina to be part of the media campaign to repair Amaechi’s battered image.

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