Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has insisted that there is no subsisting court order stopping the upper legislative chamber from screening the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi as a minister.
The party insisted that it had made frantic search at the Federal High Court across the country and did not find any such proceedings pending or order before any court in the country. The Federal High Court only has the jurisdiction to determine any matter in which the Senate is made a party and its duties and functions are the subject matter, in view of Section 251 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
The Rivers APC revealed that its attention had been drawn to a statement being circulated in the media that Mr. Livingstone Wechie has obtained a court order restraining the Senate from screening Amaechi as a ministerial nominee.
The party said, “Again, because we are aware of the desperation of the PDP and Mr. Livingstone Wechie on this matter, we have nonetheless carried out a search at the High Court Registry in Rivers State, and found that there is no indication that such order exists at the High Court of Rivers State, except if such order is given to Mr. Livingstone Wechie in the sitting room of a Judge, which we know that no right thinking judicial officer will do, especially at this time that the National Judicial Council is desirous of sanitizing the Judiciary.
“Clearly, the State High Court has no powers or jurisdiction under the Constitution to determine a matter in which the subject matter relates to the duties or functions of the Senate. The distinguished and Honourable Judges of the Rivers State High Court are fully aware of this constitutional provision. We strongly believe that none of them would be drawn into such level of judicial rascality or abuse of office, no matter the inducement or incentive.
“We hereby give notice to the Directorate of State Security Services and the Nigerian Police to investigate this level of misinformation that is capable of breaching the peace. We urge them to be vigilant and watch for any attempt to forge and criminally alter documentation at the Rivers State High Court Registry.”