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Rivers assembly threatens Fubara with impeachment

09:52 Apr 2 2024 Rivers State

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The Rivers State House of Assembly, on Saturday, said it will not hesitate to impeach the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara, if it becomes the last resort to uphold the Constitution.

Speaker of the House, Martin Amaewhule, who stated this at a media briefing in Port Harcourt, the state capital, was flanked by 26 of his colleagues.

Recall that the 27 lawmakers said to be loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, have been at loggerheads with Fubara since October last year.

This was sequel to the feud between Wike and his estranged political godson and successor, Fubara, who, the former considers disloyal.

The Amaewhule-led Assembly had attempted to impeach the governor in the heat of the political crisis in the state before President Bola Tinubu intervened and invited the feuding parties to Abuja which gave birth to an eight-point resolution.

Continuing, Amaewhule accused Fubara of refusing to abide by all the Abuja peace agreements, pointing out that the governor has continued to act outside the law, including running the state without an approved budget.

The Speaker said the duties of the Assembly is recognised by law and holds the mandate of its constituents to carry out its responsibilities.

He also took a swipe at the former Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council led by former Minister of Transportation, Dr Abiye Sekibo, for casting aspersions on the FCT minister in a bid to paint him black before Tinubu.

He stated, “We begin by announcing to you that sponsored attacks on the House have failed woefully.

“Enemies of the people and those who cannot withstand the principles of the rule of law as well as checks and balances in our nascent democracy, in their frustration, started with the burning and later demolition of the hallowed chamber.

“Their plan is to eliminate the legislature that is pushing for the independence granted her by the Constitution since they cannot exercise undue control over her. We survived these attacks.

“Their new strategy is to use another arm of government, lobbyists, attack dogs and the mainstream and social media to bring the House to disrepute and consummate their agenda. In this regard, various individuals, groups, media mercenaries have been recruited to actualise their objectives.

“The latest of the new groups recruited against the 10th Assembly is the Former Rivers State PDP Presidential Campaign Council.

“In a press conference on March 26, 2024 signed by Dr. Abiye Sekibo, this group inferred that the House is an illegal and unconstitutional Assembly.
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