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‘Scaremongering, Baseless Claim – APC Blasts PDP Over Rivers Assembly Crisis

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday blasted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for alleging that it had initiated plans to take over the Rivers State House of Assembly.

The PDP is caught in the web of confusion over who to support in the crisis that has spanned almost one year.

Siminalayi had barely spent six weeks in office as governor when he fell out with his predecessor and godfather Nyesom Wike over the sharing formula in the state.

Fubara was chief accountant in the administration of Wike and was once declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over financial dealings in that administration. That wanted declaration has not been set aside but the governor cannot be arrested due to immunity.

Wike who continues to insist he’s a PDP member yet serving as FCT minister in the APC-led federal government has succeeded in luring his supporters including more than half of the Assembly members in Rivers State and all immediate past chairmen of the local governments to the APC.

The PDP has failed to apply internal party discipline to rein in excesses of its members in the state who are serving in the APC-led federal government and who have continued to torpedo Fubara’s administration.

It continues to insist Wike remains its member despite clear anti-Fubara stance to which it has received knock for being a toothless bull dog.

But on Wednesday the party alleged APC had perfected plans to take over, albeit forcefully, the state assembly which would pave the way for the impeachment of the governor, Fubara.

In response, the APC on Thursday thought its spokesman Felix Morka said the party was embarking on a scaremongering tendency, declaring the claim as ridiculous and baseless.

The APC said the PDP offered no justification for what it called bogus claim except to “mischievously misrepresent and amplify the comments reportedly made by the Chairman of the Rivers state APC Caretaker Committee, Chief Tony Okocha, while sweeping under the carpet the salient issues underpinning the festering crisis in Rivers State.”

The central ruling party said quite contrary to the PDP’s “misplaced quibbles against Chief Okocha comments, Governor Siminalayi Fubara is the supreme architect of the horrific crisis rocking Rivers state.”

It argued that since assuming office over a year ago, Governor Fubara has displayed “reckless disdain for the rule of law and democratic institutions, and conducted his government in flagrant violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

According to the APC, Governor Fubara declared the democratically elected Rivers state House of Assembly to be non-existent and, without lawful authority, constituted a bogus and illegal 3-man sham Assembly in brazen violation of express provisions of the Constitution on the threshold composition of the House of Assembly and in disregard of the separation of powers doctrine to which it regarded as an unprecedented display of autocratic arrogance.

It alleged that the Governor has continued to expend public funds without lawful appropriations by a duly constituted legislature thereby undermining the will of the good people of Rivers State and their right to effective and accountable democratic governance.

“Governor Fubara is an executive governor of crisis. A serious and focused Governor would have set a clear programme to conduct local government elections given the established timeline for the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent elected local government officials.

“Rather, Governor Fubara sat on his hands and waited, idly, for their tenure to elapse in order to unleash a fresh round of thuggery and executive lawlessness on the people of Rivers state and, again, seeking to arbitrarily impose an illegal, unconstitutional and anti-democratic caretaker committees to run the affairs of local governments in place of a democratically elected local government officials.”

It stressed that, “The current crisis in Rivers state is clearly contrived and executed by Governor Fubara who has continued to usurp the legislative power of the Rivers state legislature while contemptuously disregarding valid decisions and orders of courts of competent jurisdiction in critical matters at the root of the crisis in the state.

“The PDP would rather peddle falsehood about a non-existent plot to interfere with the government of Rivers state instead of giving a crash course to Governor Fubara on the basic tenets of democratic and constitutional governance for the benefit of the good people of Rivers state,” the APC said in the statement.

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