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Bayelsa lawmakers sue for peace in Rivers crisis

By Samuel Oyadongha & JIMITOTA ONOYUME

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Yenagoa—Worried by the crisis rocking the Rivers State House of Assembly, lawmakers in Bayelsa State, have appealed to parties involved in the crisis to sheath their swords in the interest of peace.

Raising a motion under matters of urgent public importance, the Deputy Speaker, Chief Victor Sam-Ateki, representing Brass Constituency I, said there was no alternative to peaceful co-existence.

Meantime, Pilot group has condemned what they termed the show of shame on Tuesday in the hallowed chambers of the Rivers State House of Assembly.

A statement by the spokesman of the group, Mr. Festus Egbe, wondered how a group of five lawmakers could claim to have impeached the Speaker of the House, Mr. Otelemaba Amachree, who had 26 lawmakers on his side.

Calling on Nigerians to protect the nation’s democracy, the group said the botched impeachment of the Speaker, was an indication that the era of political rascality was gone.

Meanwhile, Bayelsa Assembly Deputy Speaker, reminded the lawmakers in Rivers State that the legislature was the only symbol of democracy, adding that no meaningful development could be achieved under crisis.

Sam-Ateki said : “All hands must be on deck to resolve the issues that led to the current crisis in Rivers State House of Assembly. There is no issue that cannot be resolved amicably.”

He called on all stakeholders and well meaning citizens to avoid inflammatory comments capable of aggravating the already tensed situation in the Rivers State House of Assembly.”

The deputy speaker explained that the motion became necessary because of the historical bond that existed between Bayelsa and Rivers states.

Similarly, Pilot group also  called for thorough investigation into the role of the Police in the fracas that rocked the House, adding that security operatives should act to restore public confidence.

“The posers can go on and on but the truth is that the security agencies in Rivers State have failed again to live up to their constitutional responsibilities of protecting lives and property of Nigerians,” he said.

Commending members of the  House of Representatives for its timely resolution on the issue, the group urged the Senate to take similar action.


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