Budget Ultimatum: PDP warns Amaewhule-led Rivers lawmakers, urges IGP to address subversive acts

In a stern warning on Wednesday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautioned members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, led by Speaker Martin Amaewhule to refrain from disruptive actions and statements that threaten the peace and governance of the state.

According to the PDP, Amaewhule and the others lawmakers loyal to the former Governor of the state and current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, lost their seats after defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, emphasized that these former lawmakers are no longer recognized as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, citing Section 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). Consequently, they lack the authority to issue any directives to Governor Siminialayi Fubara.

This caution follows a controversial seven-day ultimatum issued by the lawmakers demanding that Governor Fubara re-present the 2024 Rivers State budget, which has already been passed and signed into law.

The PDP condemned this ultimatum, labeling it an attempt to usurp the powers of the legitimate Rivers House of Assembly and create unrest in the state.

“The actions of these individuals are aimed at causing a crisis and disrupting the democratic and constitutional order in Rivers State, in clear violation of Section 1 sub-section 2 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” Ologunagba stated.

The PDP reiterated that, having defected from the party, these former lawmakers no longer enjoy the rights and privileges associated with their previous positions.

The party called on the Inspector General of Police to address the subversive actions of these individuals promptly, ensuring the protection of democracy, peace, and security in Rivers State.

Additionally, the PDP urged the people of Rivers State to remain vigilant, law-abiding, and supportive of efforts to maintain stability and deliver democratic dividends under the PDP’s leadership.

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