The minority six lawmakers of the Rivers State House of Assembly, opposed to governor Rotimi Amaechi have commenced moves to impeach him.
The dissenting lawmakers include Evans Bipi, Michael Okechukwu Chinda, Kelechi Godspower Nwogu, Martins Amaewhule, Victor Ihunwo and Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani.
The faction which enjoys support from the Police and top players within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is believed to have sneaked into the Assembly complex with the aid of the Police to commence sitting to oust Ameachi and his deputy, Tele Ikuru.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, had predicted the move but vowed to resist any act of illegality.
“There is no doubt that the six legislators opposed to Gov. Chibuike Amaechi will try to hide under the cover of the judgement to convene the Assembly with the sole purpose of removing the Speaker as a prelude to impeaching the State Governor…any such act will constitute an illegality and trigger a cataclysmic reaction, the end result of which no one can predict,” the party’s interim national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed said.
It would be recalled that Bipi, the self-acclaimed Speaker of the Rivers Assembly who leads the minority six, had suspended the 26 members loyal to Amaechi.
Speaking with newsmen on a live radio programme on Thursday, Bipi said: “As the Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, I have not reconvened the House as the Court Judgment has not been served to the Police and other security agencies. All the so-called Governor Amaechi lawmakers have all been suspended by me and by Peoples Democratic Party. They cannot function until I call them back.”
He added: “Amaechi must recognise me as the authentic Speaker, but we must stop him from using Rivers money to sponsor APC.”
The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers Assembly, Leyii Kwanee, a lawyer, however, said that Amachree remained the Speaker of the Assembly, stressing that illegality, impunity and lawlessness would not be condoned.
Kwanee assured that the 25 lawmakers would soon sit, but there must be adequate security, to prevent a repeat of July 9 and 10 fracas and confrontation in the Rivers Assembly.
An initial attempt by the majority faction to seat after a court ruling on Thursday was stalled by the police.
The state police commissioner, Joseph Mbu, in defending his men, said that the police prevented lawmakers from holding a session at the Assembly complex because his command had not been served the court ruling.