Thursday, January 23, 2014

JUST IN! APC To Block Legislative Proposals, Including 2014 Budget, In National Assembly


In response to the situation in Rivers State and other constitutional breaches by the Presidency, the All Progressives Congress (APC) today directed its members in the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals, including the 2014 Budget and confirmation of all nominees to military and civilian positions to public office, until the rule of law and constitutionalism is restored.

Photo: APC to block major legislative proposals

The party also decided that if acts of impunity and lawlessness continue in the State and the Police persist in being an enforcement arm of the PDP to the detriment of its members, it would ask its teeming members all over the country and especially in Rivers to take the required steps to protect their lives and property.
The unprecedented decisions arose at the 8th regular meeting of the APC Interim National Executive Committee.
The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, in his statement commended courage of Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi in a face of serial attacks on his personality:
“The conduct of Governor Amaechi represents our Party’s maturity and compliance with the rule of law in response to escalating impunity .The APC is very proud of him.”
He cited instances of the brazen lawlessness and violations of the Constitution in the state to include the forceful dispersal of 13,201 newly recruited teachers in the Port Harcourt Stadium using tear gas; blockading the entrance to the Government House in Port Harcourt and forcing the State Governor to use another entrance; preventing an aircraft chartered by the State Governor from taking off, alleging that the Governor was trying to smuggle out a legislator wanted by the Police, for which no apology was offered to the Governor; the disruption of a peaceful rally during which Senator Magnus Abe was shot with intent to kill; the several disruptions of Save Rivers Group rallies, and the unlawful detention of anybody perceived to be a sympathizer of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, while allowing pro-Jonathan and Anti-Amaechi groups to organize rallies unmolested. APC’s new decisions could start to have an immediate impact in the country in view of the recent change in the dynamics of the legislature, where power now tilts in its favour.

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