In a desperate moves to stop the impending sack of the Coordinator of the presidential Amnesty Program, Prof. Charles Dokubo, for masterminding the looting of over N23billion from the program between 2018 to date, Transportation Minister, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi has hired a United States lobby group to pressure President Mohammadu Buhari to stop the sack, sources knowledgeable about the moves told Pointblanknews.com.
Between March 2018 to date when Dokubo was named the Coordinator of the Amnesty Program, the office has received N5billion monthly which has either ended up in phony contracts packaged for the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, Amaechi, senior officials of the Presidency and other senior management staff of the Amnesty Program, according to Pointblanknews.com investigation.
Having lost out from the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, sources told Pointblanknews.com that Amaechi is desperate to keep his hold on the Amnesty Program by instigating the reconfirmation of Prof. Dokubo.
According to our sources, Amaechi, through the Amnesty program, paid several thousands of dollars to a lobby group called Business Council based in the United States. The lobby group brief is to pose as investors wanting to invest in Nigeria and seeking to meet President Buhari to discuss their areas of interest when the President arrives New York for the United Nations General Assembly holding next week.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that upon meeting President Buhari, the lobby group would then impress on the President to retain Dokubo as a condition for their investment in Nigeria.
The group is scheduled to meet with Buhari at the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly holding in a week time.
Sources disclosed that Amaechi has been very unsettled after his lackey at the NDDC, Prof. Nelson Braimbafa, was sacked recently. He had hoped that another of his lackey, Prof. Dokubo, at the Presidential Amnesty program would survive the hammer despite having been implicated in the wanton looting of funds.
Sensing the hammer on Dokubo, the former Rivers Governor began an intense lobby to keep Dokubo.
He allegedly met Buhari shortly after the elections and sought for the reappointment of the Amnesty Coordinator. While the response from the President was not too sure, he started strategizing other moves, including mobilizing groups and some section of the media to project his protégé at the Amnesty office.
Sources confirmed to pointblanknews.com that Dokubo was recently in the United States, where he met with officials of the lobby group to strategize.
Pointblanknews.com gathered that Amaechi appears to have lost all in the South-South zone after the emergence of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as Deputy Senate President, the highest ranking political office holder from the zone and the emergence of Timipre Sylva as Petroleum Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio as Niger Delta Minister and Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the ruling All progressive Congress, APC.
It would be recalled that in the last general elections, APC didn’t win a single elective position in Rivers State as the state chapter of the APC reverberated along fragmented, fractured lines with both Amaechi and Magnus Abe laying claim to political leadership.
Analyst argue that should Amaechi lose the Amnesty office after losing the NDDC, he would be left with no cash-cow as he is not very sure of retaining NIMASA.
It would be recalled that the Presidential Aide was accused in a leaked audio that went viral online by the Director of Finance and Administration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme(PAP), Mr Ilem Ilem, of scandalously awarding about N4.8billion contracts without tender, thereby breaching extant contract procurement laws of the Federal government.
Sources hinted that these allegations and a dozen others which are currently the subject of investigations by anti-graft agencies may have further widen the dragnet and tide of affairs against Dokubo.