By SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin City
THE Edo State Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has warned that any attempt by five members of the River State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker of the House or Governor Rotimi Amaechi may mark the end of democracy in Nigeria.
The state chairman of the party, Thomas Okosun who also was former Speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, described the Tuesday mayhem at the Assembly complex as unacceptable and a test to our democracy, just as he urged both the presidency and the National Assembly not to allow the political situation in Rivers State lead to the end of this democracy.
His words: “ What happened in River State at the House of assembly where five members of the House attempted to impeach the Speaker in a House made up of 32 members, where only five members who claimed to be loyal to a serving Minister attempts to impeach the Speaker is a rape on democracy. We urge those behind it to desist from that.
“What is happening in Rivers state if allowed can have a rebinding effect in others states of the Federation. Therefore we want to say that what happened deserved all condemnation, it is an attempted coup, it is a rape on democracy and should not be allowed to continue.
Instead those five members should be properly sanctioned and those backing them should be asked to desist from it including the police because it is unheard of that five members in the house want to claim that they can constitute a quorum in a House of 32 members, five members cannot constitute a quorum.
“The worst still is that five members do not constitute 2/3 of 32 members to attempt to impeach the Speaker or anybody. Therefore I want to say that the governor of Rivers State as the chief security officer of the state did well yesterday (Tuesday) and deserved to be supported by all true democrats in this country irrespective of political affiliation.