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PDP Reacts To Suspension Of Imo Lawmakers



The Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has condemned the suspension of some members of the State House of Assembly.

Naija News reported on Tuesday that the state assembly had suspended the minority leader, Anyadike Nwosu, and five other lawmakers.

In a statement issued on Friday by its Publicity Secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike, the PDP described the suspension of the six lawmakers as undemocratic.

Nwadike added that the action of the assembly is too vindictive, highhanded, dehumanizing and provocative.

The party, however,  called for genuine efforts to keep Imo State peaceful.

The statement reads: “We find the action absolutely unacceptable while urging those responsible for the ill-advised suspension to rescind the decision and recall the lawmakers without any delay.

“The PDP recognised that the suspended lawmakers are elected representatives of the Imo people.

“To a very large extent, the lawmakers are answerable to the people, whose mandates they are exercising, and should seamlessly be exercising.

“It was quite aware that the rules and regulations of the House do not envision the witch-hunt of the lawmakers by their equals that are privileged to be organizing the running and working of the House as is the case in the 9th Assembly.

“The PDP considers it as not cogent enough the reasons floated by the leadership of the House for the act of suspension of elected lawmakers.

“We consider such action as too vindictive, highhanded, dehumanizing and provocative, and that the legislature “is an arm of government and not a department of the executive arm of government.”

It added: “The system in Imo State where the executive arm arrogates so much power and authority over the legislature is undemocratic and must be jettisoned, to allow democracy to blossom and flourish in the state.”

It assured that PDP would further study the circumstances that led to the show of shame in the Imo Assembly.

The party warned the executive arm of government to desist from its meddlesomeness in the affairs of the legislative arm, adding that the warning was coming because of their privileged information that the leadership of the House is composed by rubber stamp stooges of the executive in the state.

The PDP frowned at the prevarications of Governor Hope Uzodinma, “who pontificates on the need for a peaceful atmosphere in the state, but directly and indirectly, continually sponsors acts that are capable of breaching the peace of the state and the people.”

It asked the governor to leave Imo State House of Assembly alone to make useful laws for Imo people, adding that witch-hunting and hounding elected lawmakers, particularly those of the opposition PDP, is not in tandem with the governor’s much talk about restoring peace in the state.

Source: Naija News

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.