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Proposed law on party exco, invitation to military – Rivers Speaker

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— SPEAKER of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Tonye Harry, has expressed fears that the proposed law seeking to make National Assembly members automatic members of the National Executive Committee of their various political parties could lead to  military incursion into politics.

Describing the Bill as self seeking, the Speaker, who spoke, weekend, on the floor of the House, during the presentation of a public lecture by the Secretary to the State government, Mr Magnus Abe, enjoined lawmakers around the country to always put the feelings of the people into consideration while discharging their legislative functions.

“The legislature is a symbol of democracy. But in a military regime, the legislature is usually the first victim when they (military) take over power, because the executive arm continues, the judiciary also remains, but the legislature goes.

“The legislature has what it takes to perform well, but, I don’t think the legislature in Nigeria is close to achieving what we are here to discuss, because from the kind of environment we operate, you can see that the National Assembly is trying to make a law to make themselves members of NEC of their political parties.
“The Bill is self serving and it will not benefit the people,” he added.


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