Plot to Impeach Gov. Amaechi an Invitation to Anarchy, Booby Trap for Our Nascent Democracy – Rivers APC Says



By Faustinus Nwaorgu

*The NJC/Justice Okocha Connection

A plot to use six renegade members of the Rivers State House of
Assembly loyal to the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesome
Wike, to embark upon impeachment procedure against Rt. Hon. Chibuike
Amaechi, the Executive Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of the
Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has been brought to our notice. To us,
this is ridiculous, the highest form of impunity, an invitation to
anarchy and a booby trap which could truncate our nascent democracy.

That six rebel troublemakers in a House of 32 lawmakers should talk of
impeaching a sitting Governor is not only absurd, undemocratic but
illegal. We wish to reiterate that this unwarranted plot is an evil
scheme against the people of Rivers State which is capable of not only
truncating our hard-nascent democracy but also throwing the entire
nation into unprecedented political crisis of which consequences maybe
hard to be determined.

This plot termed, ‘WHY AMAECHI MUST GO’, arises from the fear by
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders that if Governor Amaechi stays
in office till next year’s elections, President Goodluck Jonathan
winning the next presidential election would become an uphill task.

Hastily trying to justify this illegal act, Chief Wike had declared in
Port Harcourt some days ago that Amaechi had committed many
impeachable offences and should be removed. We understand that these
rebel lawmakers have met in the private home of one of the PDP
chieftains in Old GRA in Port Harcourt and will regroup at Krisdera
Hotel owned by the State Chairman of PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, in Omoku,
headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers State,
on 26th June, 2014, to pass a ‘motion’ to impeach Governor Amaechi.

What a ridiculous move by a misguided group! Nobody should, however,
dismiss this plot with a wave of the hand in view of recent happenings
in Adamawa State, an another All Progressives Congress (APC) State
where the account of the State Government was frozen without the
Governor of the State being impeached. It would certainly be naïve to
say that this cannot happen in a nation where some sitting Governors
can be stopped from attending a fellow Governor’s rally not minding
their immunity as contained in the country’s constitution! A nation
where Ekiti Commissioner and APC leaders were arrested and branded as
terrorists! A nation where a corrupt Minister can dare the National
Assembly and refused to present herself for investigation!

The decaying and dying PDP Government at the centre, seeing its
rejection by Nigerians come 2015, is capable of doing anything to
retain power should Nigerians watch some of these undemocratic acts
without any condemnation. We therefore appeal to past Presidents,
Nationalists and Traditional Rulers to call the Presidency and PDP
Agents to order before they plunge our nation into a mighty chaos that
may consume all of us before it is too late.

We can now understand why the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) is
hell-bent on imposing Justice Daisy Okocha as the Chief Judge of
Rivers State in disobedience of a High Court judgment that she should
not be considered or renominated for the office of the Chief Judge of
Rivers State. The insistence of the NJC to impose this woman on Rivers
State is an affront to the Nigerian Constitution. Such an appointment
is null and void and of no effect. It is sad that NJC should allow
itself to be messed up in this form by ungodly politicians, knowing
very well that there was a judgment of a competent court headed by
Honourable Justice Lambo Akanbi of the Federal High Court, Port
Harcourt, upon which the State House of Assembly and Governor Chibuike
Amaechi acted in clearing and swearing-in Justice Peter Agumagu as the
Chief Judge of Rivers State. In the said judgment, NJC was a party.
NJC has a right of appeal but under Part 1, Section 21 (d) of the
Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution, the NJC has no power to
suspend Justice Agumagu or impose Justice Okocha on Rivers State.

We view the move by NJC as expectant and in lieu of the current
madness by this six rebel and renegade lawmakers but, sadly for them
all, we cannot accommodate or accept six confused lawmakers whose
leader, Evans Bipi, representing Ogu/Bolo Constituency, was cautioned
by a High Court to stop parading himself as a Speaker. Hon. Bipi is
obviously playing with fire as he has been barred from parading
himself as Speaker by a court of competent jurisdiction. The order of
the High Court of Rivers State, Ahoada Judicial Division, given on
December 16, 2013, is unequivocal. He should also note that none of
his undemocratic sponsors will come to his aid when he is committed to
prison. His Lordship Hon. Justice C. N. Wali in his judgment did not
only bar Hon. Bipi but also declared that we have one single House of
Assembly in Rivers State under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Otelemaba
Amachree. We expect the rebel lawmakers to fall in line and respect
the leadership of the House and avoid further heating up of the
polity. They should come to terms with the fact that their plot has
failed like a pack of cards.

We are at a loss that instead of Mr. President and his cohorts
preoccupying themselves with rescuing the over 200 abducted Chibok
girls and arresting the menace of Boko Haram, the Presidency is busy
fuelling crisis in APC states such as Adamawa, Rivers and Edo,
inducing the lawmakers to start impeachment procedures against their
Governors. This is madness and must be stopped before the nation is
plunged into a monumental political crisis from which it may never
recover as one united entity.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State

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