The governorship candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in the 2015 gubernatorial elections, Dr Dakuku Peterside, has called on the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike to swear-in members of the APC who contested and won in their various constituencies into the State’s House of Assembly, to enable them to join their colleagues whenever and wherever the assembly would sit to deliberate on issues affecting their constituents.
Peterside,who stated this in a chat with journalists at the Port Harcourt International Airport, dismissed the insinuations that the speaker may not inaugurate elected APC members of the Assembly.
He called on the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Dabotorudima Adams to respect his office and, immediately, swear in the elected members of theAPC, just as he insisted that nobody would stop the lawmakers from taking their rightful seats in the assembly.
“The Speaker knows that he has no power given to him by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria not to swear-in people who were duly elected and returned by the INEC. Their people have elected them and they must be allowed to perform their constitutional duties.
“The era of impunity is gone for good. I want to assure that any day, anywhere and time the Rivers State House of Assembly decides to sit, elected members of the APC will be part of all deliberations. Rivers State belongs to all of us and no one is more ‘Rivers’ than the other. We will challenge impunity in this state. “It is a shame that this is happening. The two chambers have since inaugurated Rivers legislators that were elected into the National Assembly. Why is this happening in our state? Is the Speaker saying he has more rights than therest of us?
“My appeal to the Speaker is that he should follow the path of honour and write his name in gold. He should not listen to those who might be urging him to continuein illegality. Rivers citizens have been elected and he should allow them to perform their functions,” he stated.