Minimah: Dakuku Peterside Faults Report, Demands Apology From Rivers PDP
SAN FRANCISCO, February 03, (THEWILL) - The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Hon.
Dakuku Peterside, has described as deliberate falsehood and malicious mischief report being circulated by the Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the effect that he blocked the clearance of Major General Kenneth Minimah as the Chief of Army Staff in the National Assembly.
Maintaining that the allegation against him was false, Peterside, who represents Andoni/Opobo/ Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House, said in a statement issued on Monday that he is 'one person out of 360 members of the House of Representatives that cannot, on my own, block the clearance of anybody in the National Assembly, more so, my constituent, friend and relative.
' Demanding apology from PDP on the report, Peterside said 'I have had a solid relationship with Gen Kenneth Minimah for 15 years running and our relationship can only wax stronger,' as he urged the general public to ignore the party.
The statement reads: 'It has been brought to my notice the deliberate falsehood and malicious mischief being circulated by the Rivers State Chapter of PDP to the effect that I blocked the clearance of Maj Gen Kenneth Minimah as Chief of Army Staff in the National Assembly.
Nothing can be further from the truth.
'This is patently cheap lies by the PDP to curry favour from their paymasters in Abuja that have consistently promoted division amongst people and elevated impunity to new heights.
'Common sense will tell any broad-minded person that I am one person out of 360 members of the House of Representatives that cannot, on my own, block the clearance of anybody in the National Assembly more so my constituent, friend and relative.
'My duty in the National Assembly is primarily lawmaking and representational.
That duty of representation I owe primarily to my constituents including Gen.
Mininmah whom I have related with over the years and have come to have great respect for as a gentleman, honest and hardworking patriot.
'To make it more laughable and expose the ignorance of the PDP desperadoes, Gen.
Minimah and his colleagues have been cleared by the Senate and House Committee on Defence; therefore, I cannot understand where this story of blocking Gen Minimah's clearance is coming from.
'This further exposes the PDP Rivers State as a bunch of confused people who are desperate to drag decent people to join them in the mud they have pulled themselves in.
I have had a solid relationship with Gen Kenneth Minimah for 15 years running and our relationship can only wax stronger.
PDP owes me an apology.
I urge all members of society to ignore them as they do not deserve any attention.