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Amaechi floors Jonathan in Reps ...Lawmakers ask IG to withdraw police form LG hq, state Assembly

By Lawrence Olaoye


he animosity between Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of River State and President Goodluck Jonathan reared its head yesterday in the hallowed chamber of the House of Representatives with the group suspected to be loyal to the governor emerging victorious. Rep Sekontes Davies, a known loyalist of the Riverrs state governor had a motion under matter of urgent National Importance drawing the attention of the House to the siege laid to the River State House of Assembly as well as the Obio/Akpor Local Government Council Secretariat by the men of Nigeria police following the suspension of the elected officials based on allegations of financial and other a d m i n i s t r a t i v e inconsistencies. The House of Assembly on April 22 announced the suspension of the Council Chairman, his Deputy and all the 17 Councillors and a caretaker committee was constituted the next day to take over the running of the council. However the issue degenerated into a chaos as powerful individuals in the state opposed to the Governor mobilised some persons to stage a protest over the issue. The State Executive of the party also suspended 27 members of the State House of Assembly from the party for refusing to rescind the

suspension of the Council officials who were perceived to be loyalists of the state Governor. Policemen were drafted to the State Assembly Complex as well as the Council headquarters to prevent the legislators from sitting as well as the caretaker committee constituted to replace the suspended Council officials, from functioning. In moving the motion, he drew the attention of the House to the "illegality" in the deployment of police to the Assembly complex and the council secretariat which were carried out without the request of the state governor as stated in the constitution. According to him, Section 215 subsection (4) states that the state governor only can ask for extra deployment of police in his state for maintenance of peace when need be, but that the River State Governor in this case, did not make such request. In his prayers he requested the House to mandate the House committee on Police Affairs, Justice and Human Rights to conduct a thorough investigations into the siege laid on the government institution as well as urge the Inspector-General of police to ask his men and officers to withdraw forthwith from the premises of the River State House of Assembly Complex and other places so occupied. When the motion was put to general debate,

Kingsley Chinda, an avowed loyalist of President Jonathan was the only one who opposed the motion. However, all his arguement that the motion be killed fell on deaf ears as members passed it as it was. As soon as the Speaker ruled on the motion, Chinda raised a point of order and used it to introduce a motion under matters of urgent National importance just like Davies. However, as he read out his motion, it was clearly a motion designed to get the House rescind itself on the motion moved by Davies. In his motion, he drew the attention of the House to the "undemocratic suspension" of the democratically elected officials of Obio/Akpor LGA which he said was masterminded by the state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi. In his prayers, he urged the House to condemn in strong terms the suspension, that the House should urge the Inspector General of Police to immediately deploy security men to the Area to forestall a breakdown of law and order and also urge all state Assemblies to immediately re-visit all state laws that provide for appointment of an Administrator or caretaker committee to replace democratically elected member of LGAs. Jonathan's loyalist motion was however shot down when it was apparent hat majority of the lawmakers were opposed to it.

DPP may opt out of merger By Umar Muhammad Puma


emocratic Peoples Party (DPP) said yesterday that it is seriously reconsidering its earlier decision to join the APC merger plan by the four major opposition parties in the country, namely ACN, CPC APGA and the ANPP. National Chairman of the party, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, saidat the party's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja that it can no longer afford the luxury of not taking decision on the

issue of merger. "We either join any of the multiple overt and convert efforts of realignment in the form of merger, working relationship or make practical plans for the party's short and long term survival strategies. But the party must take a decision as far as merger concerned". According to him, a d m i n i s t r a t i v e technicalities did not allow the formal inauguration of the committee despite the fact that a latter was written initiating contact

with the merger coordinating committee chairman of the APC to which there is no reply. "The inability of the merger committee of the party to be inaugurated, couple with the lack of formal response to the party's letter initiating the contact with APC, some members have started to convene meetings at which unilateral decision were taken without taking into consideration the impact of such decisions on the party". He called on the members of the NEC to feel free to express their opinion on the matter

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 10, May, 2013  

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 10, May, 2013 Edition

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 10, May, 2013  

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Friday 10, May, 2013 Edition