The people of Rivers State
have described last Friday’s Supreme Court Judgment in favour of Governor Chibuike Amaechi as a victory for democracy.
The Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe said the judgement by the Supreme Court is a victory for true Rivers people.
Addressing journalists shortly after the judgement that put an end to the move to remove Governor Amaechi, Abe said the judgement has shown that the governor cannot be removed unlawfully and illegally.
“I believe that any right thinking person will agree that it is time for us to put some of these things behind us.Since last year, there has been a concerted attempt to remove the governor from office and overthrow the Government of Rivers State by force and there is no provision in our constitution for that kind of behaviour.
“For us to turn Rivers State into a theatre of war because of the ambition of any single individual is morally, politically and spiritually wrong. We cannot kill ourselves here because of anybody’’,he said.
Also speaking to journalists, a member, representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency,Hon Dakuku Peterside said the Supreme Court’s judgement was an indication that the judiciary is truly the hope of a common man.
According to him, “We have always had confidence in the judiciary, that is why we have not resulted to violence. We have absolute confidence first in God ,and secondly in the institution of the Supreme Court to be able to do justice according to the law.
‘’It is not about emotion and sentiments, we are glad that the Supreme Court did not disappoint the people of Nigeria and that its actions have deepened democracy.”
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Sir Tony Okocha said the Supreme Court judgment has ended speculations that Governor Chibuike Amaechi would be removed from office before the end of his tenure.
He said the Supreme Court’s verdict is a judgement that has sealed the move by detractors to unseat Governor Amaechi.
According to him, “My happiness is that it has ended the long speculations by failures who go around deceiving people that the governor would be unseated.
“With the judgement, the government will now sit down and concentrate on moving Rivers State to a greater height.”
The Board Chairman, Rivers State Sports Council, Charles Paul also hailed the judgement, describing it as a victory for democracy.
He assured that Amaechi will now settle down to take the people to the promised land.
‘’It is obvious that we are celebrating, it is a victory for democracy and victory for Rivers state. Others should come together to help Governor Amaechi build the State, the present government meant well for the State”, he said.
The Chairman of the Port Harcourt City Local Government ,Chimbiko Iche Akarolo said the Supreme Court’s judgment was not a surprise.
According to him,the Apeal Court can err, but the Supreme Court can not joke with the facts on ground.
He said it was clear before now that Omehia was a pretender and “for a pretender to come back and say he was interested in a suit that has to do with the elongation of tenure is slapping the Supreme Court in the face.”
The Obio/Akpor Peoples Forum, through its chairman, Mr Alex Chukwu also joined the people of the State to commend the judgment, just as the chairman of RIVLEAF, Alex Wele said the judiciary has again raised the hope of Rivers people, urging the people to join hands with the government to develop the State.
‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’
The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier released different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.
Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs
Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”
Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession
The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.
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