JUST IN: Fresh crisis looms as Rivers assembly threatens to resume impeachment process against Fubara

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From Aminu Bala Madobi

A fresh crisis is brewing as the Rivers State House of Assembly threatened to resume the impeachment process against the state governor, Siminalayi Fubara if it becomes the last resort to uphold the Constitution.

This is as the 27 lawmakers loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, took a swipe at the former Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council led by Dr Abiye Sekibo over its recent attack on Wike.

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

The lawmakers accused the governor of refusing to hold up to his end of the Presidential Peace Accord which he wilfully signed without coercion.

Furthermore, they explained that they withdrew their impeachment notice against Governor Fubara out of respect for President Tinubu and a hope that the governor will have a change of heart.

The full statement reads; “We begin by announcing to you that sponsored attacks on the House has 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 actualize their objective.

“We were inundated by the sad commentaries and speeches of their spokesperson in the media against the President, Governor, and those of us who stood by the President and Governor.

“These new arrivals have just landed like hawks. They now want to grab what they spat on but need to be careful of their rantings and utterances against the institution of the legislature and the FCT- Minister as they can derail the existing peace in the State. The FCT- Minister is doing fabulously well in Abuja and should be commended.

“It is worthy of note that the notice of impeachment of the Governor was quickly withdrawn by members of the House in fulfilment of the terms of the agreement and out of immense respect for the person and office of the President of the Federal Republic and believing that there would be a u-turn in terms of unlawful actions of the Governor.

“We assure the good people of Rivers State that we remain undeterred in our service to our father land and no number of threats including those of violence against us just like they attacked the Speaker’s residence will make us abandon our Constitutional mandate to make laws for the good governance of our dear State.

“Several Bills that are in the interest of the State have succeeded so far and resolutions passed with the objective of making things better. As we push to meet or surpass the yearnings and aspirations of our constituents, we are focused on our avowed goal of legislative oversight for the betterment of the good people of Rivers State. The Peace, progress and development of Rivers State is our watchword and remains so!

“The 10th Assembly respectfully calls on Mr. President to ignore these hawks that have just landed and their failed attempt to disparage the very performing FCT-Minister and the Rivers State House of Assembly. In due time, their true intentions would become clearer. Nigerians should remember this. We remain very prayerful and ever supportive of the Renewed Hope Agenda of Mr President’s government.

“We toiled day and night while these hawks called us names as we canvassed for votes for Mr. president from unit to unit, ward to ward and LGA to LGA. Today, we have happily joined our progressive party with the intention of supporting Mr. President and further protecting what we worked for- His mandate. No amount of blackmail would derail the resolve of this 10th Assembly to support Mr. President, his government and especially the son of Rivers State that is making us proud as the FCT-Minister- His Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike CON. GSSRS. Life Bencher. We also call on Nigerians to give Mr President’s efforts at economic recovery and improved life all the support that it deserves.

“Finally, we assure the good people of Rivers State of our commitment to stand up for them and urge them to remain prayerful against tyranny and dictatorship in the State because we believe that as agents of positive change, things can be better in the State if the rule of law prevails and there is mutual respect for and from all arms of government and institutions.

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