Monday, April 29, 2013

Rivers PDP Gives Amaechi 48hours To Explain His Plane Controversy, Suspends 27 Assembly Members


The crisis rocking the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new twist as the party on Monday, suspended 27 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
The party’s leadership also announced that it has given the state Governor; Rotimi Amaechi, 48 hours to “explain to Rivers people why the jet bought with the state government money is bearing a bank’s name on the documents.”
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Sunday grounded the plane of River State governor for the expiration of its operating license while the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) claimed that the plane belongs to the Bank of Salt Lake City USA and was brought into the country on chatter by Carverton Helicopters.
The new chairman of the party in the state, Felix Obuah told journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, that the suspension of the lawmakers was over their refusal to obey an order by the party to reinstate the suspended Chairman of Obio Akpor Local Government Area.
He noted that the suspension of the lawmakers, who are members of the party, is part of resolutions reached at the end of an emergency meeting of the party on Monday.
Not tolerating corruption
Felix Obuah also announced that the party has given Governor Amaechi 48 hours to explain to Rivers people why the jet bought with the state government money is bearing a bank’s name on the documents.
He warned that the party would not tolerate corruption in the state.
The leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd in his reaction to the suspension of 27 House members by the state PDP, stated in an interview with our correspondent, that the lawmakers had acquired a restraining order to stop the suspension.
He expressed his surprised that the party still went on to suspend the lawmakers.
The leader of the House also said the suspension is a plot to distract the party in the state.
He called on stakeholders to remain calm.

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