Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday said in spite of the smear campaign against the former governor of Rivers State, Rt, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, he will overcome all the challenges and becomes the minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The APC State Vice Chairman, Prince Peter Odike made the declaration yesterday while briefing the press at the party secretariat in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
Prince Odike who said he is confidence that Amaechi as ministerial nominee would be screen by next week, advised party loyalists and Amaechi supporters not to panic.
He said if Senator Obanikoro will be screened by the Senate and made a minister during Jonathan administration, then Amaechi’s supporters have nothing to fear, adding that his detractors who are desperately bend to pull him down will fail.
His word: “ There is no need to panic, Amaechi will be minister, the new rule by the national assembly concerning the screening that a ministerial nominee must be supported by at least two senators from his constituency is unnecessary.
“As far as I’m concerned it is an old rule, let take for instance during the time of Obanikoro. He had a glaring issue where he was accused by his state that he was not qualified to be a minister. But the senate overruled that and was made a minister.
“As long as he was not a minister of a state but minister of the federal republic, nobody will stop Amaechi from being a minister. So if Obanikoro can be made a minister then what will stop Amaechi from being made a minister,” Odike asked.