by Oke Efagene
Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi has described the move by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to impeach him through the State House of Assembly as unnecessary and senseless.
He also added that the PDP cannot persuade the state lawmakers to impeach him.
Amaechi said that he presently has 26 members of the State House of Assembly on his side adding that it would be difficult for the the remaining 5 lawmakers to remove him from office.
According to reports:
The governor, who spoke through the Chief of Staff Government House, Port Harcourt, Tony Okocha, said the governor had not committed any impeachable offence.
He said, “It is very impossible for the governor to be impeached. The impeachment plot, if it is real will definitely fail. How can five lawmakers impeach a governor in a House of 31 members?
“They (PDP) are groping in the dark and they will soon realise that they are embarking on a wild goose chase because not even one of the 26 lawmakers will listen to any impeachment plot.”
Also, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assemby, Leyii Kwanee, said that none of the 26 members of the State House of Assembly would succumb to any pressure to impeach Amaechi. Kwanee explained that majority of the lawmakers were obligated to continue to support the governor till the end, adding that Amaechi’s position was aimed at protecting the future of the people of the state.
He said, “Rivers State is already a bad market for any committee that will come to persuade us (lawmakers) to impeach the governor.
“We, the pro-Amaechi lawmakers are obligated to support him (Amaechi). What the governor is doing is to protect the future of the people. It is for the future of Rivers State. Some people have been talking about brotherhood from the South-South. But politics is about interest and not brotherhood. The lawmakers in Rivers State will never succumb to any pressure to remove their governor.”
He said that there was a subsisting court judgment that prevented the House of Assembly from impeaching Amaechi.