PDP Slams Amaechi, Peterside, Others For Opposing Minimah's Confirmation
The Rivers state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has expressed disappointment over efforts made by Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, member representing Andoni/ Opobo/ Nkoro federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Dakuku Peterside and other APC lawmakers to thwart the confirmation of the Chief of Army Staff, Major Gen. Kenneth Minimah by the National Assembly.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser,Media to the State PDP chairman, Jerry Needam, and made available to Pointblanknews.com, the party regrets that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, a Rivers man is been nominated to serve in the capacity as Chief of Army Staff, Amaechi and his allies who even claim to love the State than others, would constitute themselves into a stumbling block against an illustrious son of the State, deemed to be most qualified by the President, the Ministry of Defense and other well meaning Nigerians, to be cleared and confirmed as Chief of Army Staff.
The PDP particularly takes a swipe at Dakuku Peterside, wondering why, even as a kinsman to Minimah, he still connived with Amaechi and his APC allies to try to deny the Army General such a befitting appointment by the President who cares much about Rivers people and Nigeria in general.
“It is most disheartening to note that some politicians have allowed personal interest, envy and hatred to becloud their sense of reasoning and actions, thereby driving them into taking decisions that are retrogressive, anti people and development.”
The PDP believes that the choice of President Goodluck Jonathan in appointing Minimah and other Service Chiefs was informed by their qualification and conviction on their capabilities, their confirmation should not have been politicized by Amaechi, Dakuku Peterside and some of its members in Rivers State and at the National level.
The PDP commends the Senate leadership and other distinguished Senators for demonstrating the spirit of statesmanship and patriotism by clearing all the Service Chiefs as presented by the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The party also lauded the Senate Committee on Defence under the chaired by Senator George Sekibo, describing their confirmation as a further step to savage the nation's security situation, especially at a time some sections of the country are on the precipice of extinction by terrorist attacks, armed robbery and kidnappings.