The political crisis in Rivers State took a turn for the worse yesterday, after the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Otelemaba Amachree revealed plans by five members of the House to begin impeachment procedures against Governor Rotimi Chibuke Amaechi.
Amachree’s revelation comes on the heels of the suspension of 27 pro-Amaechi lawmakers and the declaration of their seats vacant on Monday by the leadership of the Rivers chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Mr. Felix Obuah; a move that led to a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to restrain the PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from declaring the seats of the lawmakers vacant.
However, in the latest twist yesterday to the entire saga, the Speaker of the House, Amachree said: “The leadership and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly wish to bring to the notice of the people of Rivers State and Nigerians some of the dangerous moves by the Felix Obuah-led PDP to cause general chaos and confusion in Rivers State.”
“We have been reliably informed that a fake mace has been smuggled into the state to enable the five members of the house hold an emergency session even when the house adjourned sine die on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
“The Abuja plan on ground is to falsely impeach the Rt. Hon. Speaker and the Executive Governor of Rivers State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and create confusion through varied responses, which they hope will make the state ungovernable and provide them with a some kind of warped basis to introduce emergency rule in Rivers.”
“Furthermore, there are strong indications that some persons have been detailed exclusively to create systemic collapse of security in the state, putting lives and property in danger,” he added.