The All Progressives Congress is considering commencing impeachment proceedings against Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State over several constitutional infringements.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC in Rivers State, Tony Okocha, made this known while addressing Newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
He said, “Although I am not a member of the state House of Assembly, impeachment is a democratic process. Impeachment is not a coup de tat.”
Okocha maintained that the party would do everything possible to protect the 27 Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers who defected to the APC.
“So, we are telling the governor that he cannot thrive on illegality; we will petition the judge before the National Judicial Council for giving that jankara order against our members.
“So we want to appeal to our party to join us to defend our members who are being ill-treated by the Rivers House of Assembly,” he said.
The APC Chieftain who also spoke on the demolition of the state House of Assembly complex, said the APC would not allow illegality to thrive in Rivers.
According to him, the defected lawmakers would continue to meet elsewhere so long as they had the mace, which symbolised authority with them.
“You cannot place something on nothing and expect it to stand. Illegality is illegal.
“Let me also let you know that what makes an assembly is not the structure but the human beings in that assembly.
“So, an assembly can be moved anywhere, provided the mace, which is its symbol of authority, is there. As of yesterday, about 27 members sat and took far-reaching decisions on state matters,” he said.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Okocha clarified that the APC had the majority of members at the House of Assembly, having 27 of its 32 members.
According to him, this was in line with the mandate given to the party’s national secretariat to reach out to members of opposition parties in the state.
“We will fight illegality; we will not allow illegality to fester in our state. It is our duty now to defend our 27 members who are members of the State Assembly,” he stated.
Okocha further appealed to the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to come to the assistance of the party in Rivers state.
“I have wooed him personally; we have told him publicly to come over and help us. He is a political juggernaut not just in Rivers but in Nigeria at large.
“He is a force, and that is why we won the presidential election after losing the three senatorial seats and all the State House of Assembly members,” he Okocha said.