June 20, 2024

Fubara sole architect of Rivers crisis, says APC

PDP has failed us — Fubara cries out

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara

By Daniel Abia, P/Harcourt

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused Governor Siminalayi Fubara of being the sole architect of the crisis rocking Rivers State in recent times.

APC noted that the Peoples Democratic Party’s allegations that APC was engaged in a plot to forcefully take over the government of Rivers State were ridiculous and baseless.

A statement by the national publicity secretary of APC, Felix Morka on Thursday said  PDP offered no justification for its claim except to misrepresent and amplify the comments reportedly made by the Chairman of the Rivers state APC Caretaker Committee, Chief Tony Okocha, while sweeping under the carpet the salient issues underpinning the festering crisis in Rivers State. 

Morka said that contrary to the PDP’s quibbles against Chief Okocha’s comments, “Governor Siminalayi Fubara is the supreme architect of the horrific crisis rocking Rivers state. 

“Since assuming office over a year ago, Governor Fubara has displayed reckless disdain for the rule of law and democratic institutions and conducted his government in flagrant violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

“In an unprecedented display of autocratic arrogance, Governor Fubara declared the democratically elected Rivers state House of Assembly to be non-existent and, without lawful authority, constituted a bogus and an illegal 3-man sham Assembly in brazen violation of express provisions of the Constitution on the threshold composition of the House of Assembly and in disregard of the separation of powers doctrine”. 

According the the APC spokesman, Governor Fubara has continued to expend public funds without lawful appropriations by a duly constituted legislature thereby undermining the will of the people of Rivers State and their right to effective and accountable democratic governance. 

“Governor Fubara is an executive governor of crisis. A serious and focused Governor would have set a clear programme to conduct local government elections given the established timeline for the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent elected local government officials. 

“Rather, Governor Fubara sat on his hands and waited, idly, for their tenure to elapse to unleash a fresh round of thuggery and executive lawlessness on the people of Rivers state and, again, seeking to arbitrarily impose an illegal, unconstitutional and anti-democratic caretaker committees to run the affairs of local governments in place of a democratically elected local government officials”.

He stated that the current crisis in Rivers state is contrived and executed by Governor Fubara who has continued to usurp the legislative power of the Rivers State legislature while contemptuously disregarding valid decisions and orders of courts of competent jurisdiction in critical matters at the root of the crisis in the state.

Morka will want the PDP advise Governor Fubara on the basic tenets of democratic and constitutional governance for the benefit of the people of Rivers State.