The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, has call on security operatives in the country to call Amaechi to order while describing the statement credited to the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, where he made a threat about forming a parallel government if the All Progressives Congress (APC) loses the 2015 elections as irresponsible.
Nwuche stated this in Abuja at a press conference where he addressed the issues on state of the nation with regard to security and 2015 general election.
He wondered why Amaechi has not been called for questioning by the relevant security agencies, adding that the issue between the police and the members of the House of Representatives was unfortunate.
The ex-deputy speaker stated: “The spoken word once it is uttered cannot be taken back, and therefore, all the parties must be careful on how they inflame passion and use abusive language.
“I recall a governor saying that they will form a parallel government, this kind of statement is irresponsible, it’s quite uncalled for and it is condemnable, and I wonder why they (security agencies) have not asked him what he meant by that statement.”
Nwuche explained, “The issues involved are quite simple. The speaker of the House defected to another party, whether or not he remains the speaker is an issue that is bringing this controversy and that can be discussed, and members should not bring threats, those threats will not serve the country, it won’t help the country, it won’t help the polity, it won’t help the growth of legislation.”
He argued that the impeachment process being initiated by some members of the national assembly was uncalled for.
“I think this is not the right tool to solve this particular problem, because what is right for this current challenge is dialogue. Impeachment is an extreme measure that is entirely uncalled for. Impeachment is a very weighty tool that must be used only when it is required and justifiable. This circumstance is totally unjustifiable and it’s uncalled for,” he warned.
Speaking further, Nwuche pointed out that instead of initiating such process, the law makers should concern themselves more with the passing of the 2015 budget, and also to join hands with the government in its fight against terrorism.
In spite of the hiccups encountered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the former speaker expressed confidence in the ability of INEC chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to deliver a free and fair election.
He however, urged the commission to engage more competent contractors on merit and not based on tribal affiliation.
He said: “Prof. Jega is a very qualified person. I will not expect a professor not to be able to deliver on the task of providing free and fair elections.
“The government, as I know, has given INEC adequate support through funding and appropriations and also autonomy. INEC is independent, we all know that they appear to have had some hiccups in the voter’s card distributions; they should try and resolve these things.”
He disclosed further that he is contesting for a senatorial seat because he heeded to the call of his people who want him to serve them, saying, despite that it would affect his business, he was ready to sacrifice his time.
Nwuche noted that his people had been deprived of amenities and that going into the senate to represent their interest would bring development to his constituency, while also reducing the unemployment rate by empowering his people. ####