By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”AS criticism continues to mount over the recent endorsement of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan for a second term as governor of Delta State by the State House of Assembly, an Ughelli based human rights activist and lawyer, Chief Peter Wanogho, has said the endorsement was immoral and reprehensible.
Wanogho, who spoke with Vanguard on telephone yesterday, said it was outside the function of a State House of Assembly to endorse a governor for a second term in office.
He said:Â Â â€œThe endorsement shows that the House is jobless and hence it is dabbling into the internal affairs of a political party.â€
He saidÂ it was the function of a political party to endorse a candidate of its choice for elective position.
Wanogho noted that the function of the State House of Assembly under section 4 (6) and (7) of the 1999 constitution was to make laws for the whole state, reiterating that the function of nominating a candidate for governorship election under section 177c of the 1999 constitution was that of a political party.
According to him, the fact that Delta State House of Assembly is made up of members from one political party does not still make the House the appropriate authority to nominate or endorse a governorship candidate.
He pointed out that â€œsuch endorsement by Delta State House of Assembly is akin to a one party state. “Is the House a legislature for Delta State or PDP?” he queried.
â€œThe purported endorsement is not only immoral, reprehensible, but outside the statutory functions of the House.
â€œIt shows that the House is jobless and hence the dabbling into the internal affairs of a political party. The endorsement is condemnable. It is the political party that can nominate a governorship candidate and not the House of Assembly.
â€œThey have no duty of endorsing anybody. That is making a party affair a state affair. If they want to nominate him, they should go to the election ground and vote for him.â€