Thursday, 27 October 2016

Amaechi Would Have Been Arrested if... - APC Deputy Chairman Opens Up

Updated 27 October, 2016
The deputy national chairman (south) of the APC, Segun Oni, said the timing of the judges allegations against Amaechi was late. 

He said if he a Supreme Court judge, Ameachi would have been arrested. 

Oni said anybody who says APC will not last beyond 2019 should not be taken seriously.
The deputy national chairman (south) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Segun Oni, said if he was a Supreme Court judge and the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, attempted to influence court judgments through bribery, he would have been arrested. Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, October 26, Oni said he was not in position to defend Amaechi, The Gisthall reports.

Two justices of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Ngwuta and John Okoro, who are under investigation, had fingered Amaechi in an alleged bribery and corruption scandal. 

The APC deputy chairman the allegations against the minister of transportation by the judges would not be taken seriously because it came late. According to him, it’s like coming to say you saw somebody committing rape last year and didn’t do anything about it.

Oni said: “I am not in the position to defend Amaechi, but I feel very very sad. I am very sad that a justice of the Supreme Court could come up much later to say somebody attempted to bribe him. 

“If I am a justice of the Supreme Court, that person would not spend another week before he is arrested. 

So, because it is a crime, if you see somebody committing crime and you keep quiet and now you are talking about it, do you want people to take you seriously? I am not exonerating anybody and there can be investigation.” 

Reacting to a statement by the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, who said the party may be no more by 2019, Oni said it is not a reasonable thing to say. He said whoever made the statement should not be taken seriously.

“I don’t see that as a reasonable thing to say. I am sorry, whoever said that, I don’t see it as a reasonable thing to say. “If anybody says it would not last till 2019, I would say that is wishful thinking, and it is not one of the most reasonable things to say. 

We can have problems, we will face our problems as its comes, we are not saying that there won’t be turbulent times. If there are turbulent times, we go through it. Turbulent times are normal,” Oni added. 

He maintained that the APC is the “strongest base that any political system has in Nigeria today”. 

Frank on Tuesday, October 25, while appraising recent developments in the APC, disclosed that several realignments were presently going on in the country which could make the APC cease to exist totally by 2019. 

He said the only way to rescue the party would be for the president to intervene and support calls for the resignation of its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. The leadership of the APC has decided to investigate Frank for alleged anti-party activities and if found guilty, he may be suspended from the party. 


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