The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has summoned an emergency meeting of its national caucus to discuss what it calls “onslaught against the party and its candidates in the last general elections, by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government”.
In a statement on Monday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the caucus would meet on Thursday, October 29.
He said talks would focus on “the unrelenting schemes by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Federal Government to use some unpatriotic elements in the judiciary to advance their plot to take over states won by the PDP, particularly Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Taraba and Abia states”.
“The national caucus meeting is in furtherance of the decision of the leadership of the party to fully activate its structures in stiff resistance to the manipulations, coercions and threats of the APC-led government, and in line with the unbending determination by the party not to, in any way whatsoever surrender any mandate freely given it toby the people at any level across the country, no matter the pressure,” the statement further read.
How would this affect the confirmation of Rotimi Amaechi, another key player in the Rivers state situation?
According to the Vanguard, ahead of today’s screening and confirmation of the remaining ministerial nominees, senators of All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have mapped out strategies on how to achieve their set goals.
While PDP senators are reported to have resolved to frustrate the confirmation of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, their APC counterparts are determined to ensure that Amaechi is confirmed.
The PDP senators are said to be worried that with the confirmation of Amaechi as minister, he would wield so much influence and power in the politics of his native home state, Rivers, if a re-run is to be held.
Just two days ago, The Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Senate would ensure that the former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, scales through confirmation as Minister.
In an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna, Senator Ndume said despite all the protests and petitions, the former governor remained qualified to be confirmed as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to him, with the APC having the highest number of members in the Senate, the PDP cannot stop the Senate from confirming Amaechi or other nominees as ministers.
Of the 109 senate seats, the APC has(60)while its rival, the PDP has (49).
This is coming as the report of the Senator Samuel Anyanwu-led Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions, on petitions against Amaechi, is to be considered today.
It will be recalled that the report was, last Thursday, presented during plenary but was not considered even though Amaechi was screened, where PDP senators refused to ask questions.
The Anyanwu-led committee deliberated on a petition by a Port Harcourt-based group, Integrity Group, over alleged fraud by the former governor.