The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it wishes to alert the public on the desperation of the six rebel members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, acting at the behest of Education Minister, Nyesom Wike, to illegally and
unconstitutionally impeach Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
The party in a statement by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, Senior Special Aide on Media and Public Affairs to the Interim State Chairman said credible information at their disposal has it that the six rebel lawmakers have concluded plans to use hired hoodlums to forcefully gain entrance into the Rivers State House of Assembly for the purpose of impeaching Governor Amaechi as directed by their sponsors in Abuja.
Making reference to one of the pro- Wike lawmakers’ stance, the party noted that, “As a measure of his confidence, the self-acclaimed Speaker and Leader of the six rebel lawmakers, Hon. Evans Bipi, today in Port Harcourt boasted that he holds the key to the State House of Assembly and that he will gain entrance to the complex whenever he feels like sitting with his members. Needless to say that this devilish plot, if allowed to see the light of day, will throw Rivers State into unprecedented chaos, but God in His infinite mercy will not allow it to come to pass”.
Continuing, the party said the allegation of leaders of PDP in Rivers State that Governor Amaechi intends to invite the majority 28 members of the State House of Assembly to sit in the Government House and pass the 2014 Budget of the State was not only laughable but also showed their level of ignorance.
“These funny characters forgot so soon that Governor Amaechi was the Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly for eight years and Chairman of the Speakers Forum in Nigeria; so he knows the rudiments of law-making and can never be involved in any arrangement that would see lawmakers sitting outside the hallowed chambers of the State House of Assembly to pass the State Budget”, the party said.
The party thanked Rt. Hon. Amaechree, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, and other patriotic lawmakers in the State for ensuring that a minority group doe not hold the state to ransom as desired by PDP leaders in Rivers and their paymasters in Abuja.
APC called on the police which stopped the majority lawmakers from sitting in the State House of Assembly recently, to rise to the occasion and ensure that the rebel lawmakers do not gain access to the hallowed chambers to perpetrate the weirdest impeachment in history, and one which, if permitted to happen, is capable of setting off a chain of events that could truncate Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy.
By Nwaorgu Faustinus