ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”THE Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in Anambra State has called on members of the state House of Assembly to avoid any action that would undermine peace in the state.
It advised the lawmakers to ignore the recent directive to them by the South East zonal chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh.
Metuh, had during his visit to the House, told the legislators to realize that they were elected on the platform of PDP while dealing with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) controlled state government. Matuh had advised them to insist on sharing relevant government appointments on 50-50 basis.
In a letter to the Speaker of the House, CLO chairman, Mr Aloysius Attah, advised the lawmakers to place the interest of the state above that of the political party on whose platform they were elected, in the interest of their constituencies.
â€œMetuâ€™s visit to the House can be likened to former president Olusegun Obasanjoâ€™s visit to Anambra state in 2006, which days later led to the unlawful impeachment of the Governor.
Today, the arch proponents of the impeachment are on their road to political perdition. We remind the members of parliament once more to close ranks and move the state forward.
The oath of office and oath of allegiance to the constitution of Nigeria sworn to by all of you in June 2007, was not predicated on party affiliation, but rather your allegiance lies on the interest of the Anambra people, who you all represent,” he said.
â€œWe reiterate that any legislative business anchored on party interest is selfish, retrogressive, obsolete and undemocratic.
The time has come in Anambra state when political aspirants shall be given the peopleâ€™s mandate purely on merit, track record of integrity and service delivery instead of thuggery, electoral selection or vainglorious promises.