The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as shocking and retrogressive, the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako by the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
“We never thought that Adamawa State lawmakers would allow external forces to cause them to impeach a governor that was not only duly elected but also enjoyed the overwhelming support of the people of Adamawa State just to satisfy the selfish and evil plots of undemocratic elements operating from Abuja. To us, this is a retrogressive development aimed at rubbishing a man who has sacrificed so much for the unity and progress of Nigeria as a nation,” Rivers APC Chairman, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said in a statement made available to SundiataPOST.
Continuing, Ikanya said in the statement issued in Port Harcourt: “It is a pity that Nyako has to pay for the sin of spearheading the election of President Jonathan both at the 2011 PDP Presidential Primaries election and the general election proper of Mr. President in 2011. This is one of the reasons why also Rivers State is under siege for giving Mr. President the highest number of votes during the 2011 Presidential election. We are not used to crying over spilled milk but we will like to assure Adamawa people that we are solidly behind them, not minding the efforts of some undemocratic forces to put our democracy in danger. Impeachment is a normal exercise in any democracy but any induced impeachment like that of Adamawa State is condemnable. It beats my imagination why the PDP-led Federal Government should be putting our democracy in danger by luring and forcing some disgruntled and misguided lawmakers to be making efforts to impeach governors of only APC-controlled states. The cases of Edo and Nasarawa states readily come to mind. The world is watching and let us see where all this rascality will lead us to as a nation.
“We all should be on guard before these undemocratic elements collapse our democracy just because of their desperation to instal President Jonathan for a third time as the President of Nigeria against the letters of our Constitution that says that nobody should act as a President for more than eight years. Should these elements succeed in their evil plot, they will be making President Jonathan to preside over this nation for over ten years and maybe thereafter make him a LIFE PRESIDENT!”
Meanwhile, Chief Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff to Governor Chibuike Amaechi, has reiterated that the sad event that took place in Adamawa State will never be allowed to happen in Rivers State as the majority of the lawmakers in Rivers State are true progressives who are loyal to both the APC and Governor Amaechi and who will never give in to such rascality as exhibited by the Adamawa lawmakers.
Chief Okocha maintained that efforts by the powers that be in Abuja to use the renegade Group of six lawmakers to unconstitutionally unseat Governor Amaechi will come to nothing since the majority of Rivers State lawmakers have resolved to swim and sink with the mandate of the Rivers State people embodied in the person of Governor Amaechi.