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APC considering impeachment proceedings against Fubara- Rivers Chairman



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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is considering the option of initiating impeachment proceedings against Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers, over a number of Constitutional infringements.

Mr Tony Okocha, the Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee said this on Thursday in Abuja when he briefed newsmen.

“Although I am not a member of the state House of Assembly, but impeachment is a democratic process. Impeachment is not a coup detat,” he said.

Okocha said that the party would do everything possible to protect the 27 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers who defected to the APC.

“So, we are telling the governor that he cannot thrive on illegality, we will petition the judge before the National Judicial Council (NJC)for giving that jankara order against our members.

“So we want to appeal to our party to join us to defend our members who are being ill treated by the Rivers House of Assembly.

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Speaking on the demolition of the state House of assembly complex, Okocha said the APC would not allow illegality to thrive in the state.

He added that the defected lawmakers would continue to meet else where, so long as they had the mace, which was the symbol of authority with them.

“You cannot place something on nothing and you expect it to stand.  Illegality is illegal.

“Let me also let you know that what makes an assembly is not the structure, but the human beings in that assembly.

“So, an assembly can be moved to anywhere, provided the mace which is its symbol of authority is there. As at yesterday, about 27 members sat and took far-reaching decisions on state matters,” he said.

He said the APC had the majority members at the House of Assembly, having 27 out of its 32 members.

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This, he said, was in line with the mandate given the party National Secretariat, to reach out to members of opposition parties in the state.

“We will fight illegality, we will not allow illegality to fester in our state. It is our duty now to defend our 27 members who are members of the State Assembly.

He also appealed to Chief Nyesom Wike the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to come to the assistance of the party in the state.

“I have wooed him personally, we have told him publicly to come over and help us. He is a political juggernaut not just in Rivers, but in Nigeria at large.

“He is a force, and that is why we won the presidential election after losing the three senatorial seats and all the State House of Assembly members,” Okocha said.

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