Private Jet Saga: Amaechi Is Not Above The Law – Presidency

aircraft sagaThe Presidency has distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from the troubles being faced by the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi just as it added that no governor is not above the law.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday on the reported grounding of Amaechi’s aircraft by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, denied the Rivers State Government’s claim that it was been witch-hunted.

The presidential aide added that it was about obedience to laid down rules.

Gulak said, “If you are a governor and you are flying a private jet, you must do it within the extant laws. There are laws governing the usage of private jets in this country and the world over and because you are a governor does not give you the licence to flout the laws governing your country.

“Nigerians should be told in clear terms that no governor is above the law and the fact that you have immunity does not mean that you flout the law the way you want.”

He added that Jonathan had no interest in who becomes chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.

He stated, “Mr. President is ready to work with any chairman of the NGF.  After all, the President is a constitutional organ while the NGF is not a constitutional organ.

“So why should Mr. President care about them. He does not care about who becomes the chairman of NGF.”

Gulak also said the president had not authorised any minister to canvass votes for him for 2015 presidential election; a rebuttal that became necessary following a statement credited to the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, during a ceremony in Ibadan, where she openly canvassed votes for the President in 2015.

The presidential aide stated, “We have said it before that whether Mr. President will contest in 2015 will be unveiled to Nigerians in 2014. Whatever anybody is saying or doing is on his own.”

He also denied plans by the current administration to probe former President Olsegun Obasanjo.

Gulak said, “I believe that the former President (Obasanjo) expressed his opinion or his fears but Mr. President has not said he will probe Oby Ezekwesili. The fact is that Nigerian government, especially this government, is always and constantly under probe.”