The current leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in River State has given a 48-hour proviso to the state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, and the State House of Assembly to overturn the decision to disengage the leadership of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area or be sanctioned.
The proviso came as the assembly also said it would not recognize or work with the newly-constituted Chief Felix Obuah-led PDP state executive. The party, in a statement signed by Obuah and the Secretary of PDP, Ibibia Walter, after an emergency meeting of the state working committee yesterday, said it would be constrained to “take appropriate disciplinary and legal action to check the excesses of Amaechi and some members of the Rivers State House of Assembly” if they failed to review the decision.
The party said it viewed the “purported dissolution of the chairman, vice-chairman and 17 councillors of Obio/Akpor Local Goverment Area without recourse to due process as an abuse of power by the governor of Rivers State and the Assembly and hereby condemn the action.”
It said the decision to oust the council leadership was “appalling and disgraceful “and an attempt to trample upon the mandate of the people of Obio/Akpor. It also said it was also aware of plans to suspend some members of the Assembly.
“The party is also aware of the plan of the state House of Assembly to suspend from the house five members of the assembly for expressing their views on issues bordering on internal democracy,” the statement said.
It urged the Assembly to discard the plans or face the wrath of the party which controls the members.