The Rivers State Government has dismissed any threat of impeachment of Governor Chibuike Ameachi by five minority lawmakers in the State assembly. She said Governor Amaechi “is fully in charge and in full control of the situation in the state.”
Mrs Ibim Semenitari, commissioner for information and communications made the clarification in a press briefing with journalists in Port Harcourt today on the heels of a peaceful protest today by some youths against the removal of Prince Timothy Nsirim, the elected Chairman of Obio-Akpor council.
Semenitari said the state Government was aware that “a few hoodlums and rabble-rousers are trying to cause disaffection in the state and trying to pretend that there is chaos in Rivers state.However, we are certain that there is no chaos in Rivers state and that government is in full control of the situation and that we are briefed as at when due”.
She disclosed that as far back as about two weeks ago,the state heard of reports of a few miscreants making an attempt to hoist something that is totally undemocratic on the people of Rivers state.
“We are aware that people were imagining that it will be possible to attempt “a Dariye treatment” in Rivers state where they will take just five members of the Rivers state house of assembly out of 33 members and attempt an impeachment of the Governor of Rivers state.
“But, this is Rivers state. This is not Plateau state and Nigerians are a lot more aware now than they were at that time.”
She said that the people of the state will defend every vote that they have cast for Governor Chibuike Amaechi.
“So, there is no way it is going to happen that a very tiny insignificant minority in the Rivers state House of Assembly will be able to oust Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi.”Semenitari stated.
She said those who mobilized the protesters went as far as Khana,Etche and Emohua to get a group of boys to join them to come to protest the removal of Obio/Akpor council.
Earlier today, placard carrying youths under the aegis of Grassroots Development Initiative today stormed the Rivers state House of Assembly complex demanding the immediate reversal of the suspension of the Chairman Obio Akpor local government area, Mr Timothy Nsirim, his Vice and the seventeen councilors of the council by the state House of Assembly.
The youths said they supported the sealing off of the Council and called for immediate resignation of the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Leader of the House, Chidi Lloyd over the manner the elected officials of Obio-Akpor local government were suspended by the House.
The protesting youths accused the House of not following due process in the suspension of the officials, adding that some of the state lawmakers lied when they claimed that they acted on a petition before the House to suspend the officials.