by ‘Jola Sotubo
Controversial Rivers legislator, Evans Bipi has been warned by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to either speak good English, as expected of a legislator, or risk being recalled from the state assembly.
The lawmaker, a cousin to the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, and a staunch campaigner against the state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, is said to have made a series of embarrassing grammatical errors during a Channels TV interview on March 3.
The APC made its stance clear through a statement signed by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the party’s interim chairman, Bisi Akande.
The statement reads:
“We watched with sadness the great embarrassment brought to Rivers State and its people by Hon. Evans Bipi, the self-acclaimed rebel speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Apart from conducting himself as a glorified tout, Hon. Bipi can hardly make a single correct sentence.
“For instance, Bipi during an interview with Channels TV broadcast on March 3, 2014, stated: ‘Those members who met with Amaechi in Government House today only went to met with their friends because the House is not sitting. They went to met their friend as far as I am concerned.’
“This grammatical blunder by a person parading himself as a lawmaker and aspiring speaker of the State House of Assembly in a civilized and sophisticated state such as Rivers is no longer acceptable and must be condemned unequivocally as our people cannot be seen in such light as being represented by a half-baked semi-illiterate politician like Hon. Bipi.
“We hereby give Hon. Bipi 24 hours to apologise to the people of Rivers State for embarrassing them as do most officials of the Felix Obua-led PDP in the State.”