ROTIMI Amaechi, minister of Transportation, has denied the allegations of corruption Justice John Inyang Okoro of the Supreme Court. Okoro was quoted as saying that Amaechi tried to bribe him to influence the court decision in the election tribunal of Rivers State, Abia State and Akwa-Ibom State.
But Amaechi in a press statement issued on Wednesday, October 19, said that the accusations were a figment of the judge’s imagination. The statement said in part: “This accusation from Justice Okoro against Amaechi is a figment of his imagination, concocted to obfuscate and politicize the real issues for his arrest and DSS investigation of allegations of corruption against him.
“The claims by Justice Okoro against Amaechi are blatant lies, bereft of any iota of truth or even logic. Amaechi did not, and has never approached Justice Okoro in respect of the cases Okoro mentioned or any other case. This is a cheap attempt, albeit, political move to drag the name of Amaechi into something he knows nothing about. Justice Okoro should face his issues and leave Amaechi out of it. He will be hearing from our lawyers.”
The minister further pledged to take the issue to court. During the past administration, Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State was popularly known as the most controversial governor in Nigeria. And now in the incumbent government he is one of the most controversial Buhari’s ministers. The group petitioned the Senate asking that Amaechi should not be confirmed as a minister, accusing him of enriching himself with the state’s money while he was governor. However, the ex-governor denied all accusations.
— Oct 19, 2016 @ 13:58 GMT