Abuja – A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Osita Okechukwu, has said the party’s directive to its lawmakers to block all executive bills and proposals was to draw President Goodluck Jonathan’s attention to developments in Rivers.
APC had on Jan 23 directed its members in the two chambers of the National Assembly to block all proposals or bills sent in for consideration by the President.
Okechukwu on Friday in Abuja said that the directive should not be seen as an attempt by the party to destabilise the polity, but one taken to ensure quick resolution to the crisis in Rivers.
He said APC was optimistic that the intervention of Jonathan in the Rivers crisis would hasten its resolution.
He said as the chief security officers of their respective states, the governors were empowered by the constitution to take necessary actions to preserve peace in their domains.
Okechukwu also said that the emergence of APC would help to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.
“Nigeria is on the path to liberal democracy where a strong opposition will emerge to end the era of a party having two-third majority support in national elections”, he said.
Okechukwu was the gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Enugu state in the 2011 elections. (NAN)