. Accuses ACN of Plotting To Destabilize The Polity
The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Barrister Ceasar Tony Okeke on Monday fired what seems to be his first salvo at the Action Congress of Nigeria over the opposition party’s recent comments about the crisis in the Rivers State House of Assembly, especially the call for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan over the Rivers Assembly Crisis.
In a statement issued on behalf of the party in Abuja, the Acting Publicity Secretary described the call as “an indication that the opposition party is indeed unserious, lacked direction and only seeks to destabilize the polity.
While the PDP stated that it does not in any way lend support to the violence witnessed in the Rivers State House of Assembly, the party stated that brawls are common features in parliaments across the world. The leadership of the party thus wondered “how the recent fray in the Rivers State House of Assembly translates into an impeachable offence on the part of the President”.
The statement reads in part “our attention has been drawn to the renewed call by the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan over the recent developments in the Rivers State House of Assembly. This is indeed a sign that the ACN is bereft of direction, plagued by inadequate understanding of the laws and only seeks to destablize the polity for selfish reasons.
For the avoidance of doubt, President Goodluck Jonathan has nothing to do with the activities of the Rivers State House of Assembly and has no link whatsoever in the recent developments in that legislative chamber. “
It was also stated that “much as we do not condone the violence witnessed recently in the Rivers State House of Assembly, it is imperative to point out that brawls are usual phenomena in parliaments and on no occasion has any reasonable person called for the impeachment of the President of a country as a result of legislative brawls. “
The party recalled the fracas in Ogun State House of Assembly earlier this year during which the mace was destroyed and noted that nobody called for the impeachment of Governor Ibikunle Amosun
The PDP gave examples of recent brawls in legislative houses across the world including that of the Ukrainian Parliament in March 2013, Taiwanese Parliament in June 2013, Venezuelan Parliament in May 2013, Turkish Parliament in March 2013, Jordanian Parliament in March 2013, the Georgia lawmakers’ brawl in the United States during a TV show in February 2013 among others. The ruling party stated that nobody called for the impeachment of the presidents of those countries on account of the brawls.
The PDP also reiterated its call on its members in Rivers State to maintain decorum, remain law abiding and be calm.