Why Amaechi’s Always A Step Ahead Of Presidency – David-West

Amaechi-GEJFormer Petroleum Minster, Professor Tam David-West, has warned the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) against declaring vacant the seats of its five governors, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) using the instrumentality of the court.

There have been reports that the Presidency and PDP are assembling a team of highly experienced SANs that will look for loopholes to exploit in faulting the defection of Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) to the opposition just as APC raised the alarm last week that it had uncovered a plot by the presidency/PDP to shop for a judge that will do the hatchet job of making judicial pronouncement that will pave way for the removal of the affected governors from office.

But Prof. David-West, who spoke with Sunday Independent, warned that any court that allows itself to be used for such illegality was not only irresponsible, but reckless.

He further warned on the dangers of ousting the governors illegally, saying going contrary to the provisions of the relevant section(s) of the 1999 constitution on the removal of elected governors from office could plunge the country into chaos.

In his words: “Pardon my immodesty, I’m saying this not because I was one of the 50 men that drafted the constitution. I read the constitution again to bring out the section of the constitution that make nonsense of what they are talking about.

“They are talking rubbish. They are talking nonsense. They cannot do it. PDP cannot declare any seat of a governor that defect vacant.

“I refer to Section 68 and Section 109 of the Constitution. It’s clear that if there is division within the party and certain members of that party feel that they don’t agree with what the party is doing, they can go to any party and still maintain their tenure till the end.

“Originally, it was meant for only governors. Then the lawmakers also wanted to be part of it, so they amended it for the lawmakers too”, he said

When asked to comment whether the earlier ruling of an Abuja High Court which recognised the Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee as the authentic PDP could not be used by lawyers to argue that there is no faction in the PDP, he said: “Did that same court say the G7 is proscribed?

”That judgment was open ended. They said there is only one PDP; the court is right because the PDP is registered with INEC.

“The New PDP was not registered. So the court is right. At the same time, the court was very careful. It didn’t say by this we now proscribe the New PDP. So, New PDP exists. “Even the judge tacitly recognised that there is a faction in PDP that is why he said there is one PDP registered with INEC. It never said by this, we hereby proscribe the New PDP,” he said.

David-West added: “They (G7) are very clever. They first established that there is a faction.

“They created the faction and stayed long enough, thereby they are protected by the constitution.

“The moment they left, they never said they have created a new party. They stayed and always said they were members of the New PDP. They are very clever”.

The former minister also took a swipe at the Presidency for frustrating the World Bank/Africa Development Bank (ADB) loan meant for providing potable water for Rivers State indigenes saying, “Look at the case of ADB; [Rotimi] Amaechi wants to bring to the state pipe borne water. Since it is foreign loan, the Federal Government must guarantee.

“Rivers State has satisfied its own part of the deal completely. It’s left for the Minister of Finance to sign for the Federal Government.

”She refused to sign. They are given stupid excuse that they are still studying it. What are you studying? This has to do with the lives of the people.

“And Jonathan had two million votes from the people and yet they are punishing them. They think they are hurting Amaechi. But by doing this, they are making Amaechi popular”.

He said Amaechi has always gained the upper hand against the presidency in all their purported squabbles simply because the governor is grossly underrated.

“They underrated Amaechi that is why they are in trouble. Amaechi is very brilliant. He has a lot of people that are doing research for him. I know this as a close admirer and friend of his.

“Amaechi has a body of people that do research for him. Every serious leader has what they call think tank. I had, Buhari had. Every serious leader has. Babangida had. “Amaechi is always ahead of them in vision, thinking, plan, and strategy. He has powerful group of intellectuals that are working for him.

“They do a lot of research for him. They meet and analyze a situation before he steps out,” David-West added.


  1. David West its like you were paid to make this advert, with all the monthly allocation Rivers state receives from Federation account, the governor cannot provide pottable water for Rivers people unless he take loan, you guys make me laugh, the governor is not serious in providing water for his people if he is serious those think tank according to you would have given him alternative way of going about it. I can remember vividly that I bided to establish water treatment plant at trans-amadi gardens, but my refusal to play ball made me to lose the contract and uptill now trans-amadi gardens has no water supply, please tell your governor to be humble

    • What about the money FG is making daily (Taking 52%) of all the money in the federation account every month, yet, FG is still borrowing, the foreign reserve is going down, still there is no money to settle ASUU. What are you saying?

    • David West ve been paid, so his free to open his mouth wide to say what he fill his friend Amaechi wants, nd to use to fight d federal government in 2015. We the Rivers people we are tired for Amaechi arrogance and selfishness and we were praying to Almighty God for restitution to Rivers State. We ve seen d handwritten of d Almighty God in Rivers State nd we r Happy. Pls chief David West nd his best friend Amaechi we don’t need portable water now in Rivers State, we all ve borehole in our compound. David West, what do u do in Rivers State when you where a minister nd what ve ur friend done 4 d past 6 yrs as a Governor with all d billions he ve receive. we cannot b deceive anymore. so put that in ur score for we know what is going on in our state nd our country.

  2. look! I think david west is one of the think tanks he has, he must have being among the people instigating loan for portable water, story! everybody wants loan, plz internally generated revenue in our state can get us water plz.stop accusing federal government or the president. think tanks can do something still.

  3. Why must the Rivers people be the scapegoat here? Was it not the same Gov. Amaechi that stood firmly and pushed via the Governors furum that Pres. Jonathan be sworn-in after the demise of late Pres. Yar’dua? Why are our leaders so self-centered and stiff-necked?
    The people of Rivers state are Nigerians therefore, they are entitle to social amenities which Gov. Amaechi’s administration is bent on providing.
    Indeed the Gov is smarter that’s why he choose such a time to submit this water project loan proposal. Any failure to approve it will defintely turn the rivers people against the president and his errand boy (Wike).
    Finally, the people of Rivers and Nigerians are not ignorant of the main issues in this ROYAL JUMBLE. The people are watching… LONG LIVE THE FRN!

  4. The fire has burned enough. If the pdp and the presidency collude to exclude the G7 governors by using the instruments of the national assembly, i am afraid that Gboko haram will be a child’s play in the politics of Nigeria.

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  6. When an Elder like David west has taken money from AMAECHI to support and propagate violence instead of administering peace amongst his people, what do we expect of younger politicians? its shameful that after serving the country in the capacity of a minister, all David West could do to make peace in the country is to take money from AMAECHI to make comments that will always kill peace. how unpatriotic our acclaimed elderstates men can be for money.

  7. When an Elder like David west has taken money from AMAECHI to support and propagate violence instead of administering peace amongst his people, what do we expect of younger politicians? its shameful that after serving the country in the capacity of a minister, all David West could do to make peace in the country is to take money from AMAECHI to make comments that will always kill peace. how unpatriotic our acclaimed elderstates men can be for money. Any elder in Nigeria who in this situation of the country speak violence is an enemy of the country. posterity must judge him. idiots that call themselves elders.

  8. If you ask me, it is not a matter of whether Amaechi is smarter or Jonathan is dumb. The Supreme Court once ruled on the subject in Atiku vs the FG when the Vice President defected to the then Action Congress. When such occurrences take place, they are referred to as “stair decisis.” The Supreme Court held then that Atiku had the right to see out his tenure without encumbrance.
    The case does not even arise now. Amechi and his fellow defectors do not need a think tank to know this. Perhaps Jonathan needs a think tank to learn that loyalty to the constitution is superior to loyalty to an increasingly unpopular political party.