The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has heaped the blame for the ongoing crisis in Rivers State on President Goodluck Jonathan and asked the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment proceedings against him, for failing to live up to his oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said by Jonathan’s abhorrence of the rule of law and majority rule, the latest indication of which is his unmistakable support for a group of renegade lawmakers who are fomenting trouble in Rivers State, the President has become a clear and present danger to the country’s democracy, and must be shown the way out in accordance with the Constitution.
”Under President Jonathan’s watch and with his tacit support, a few lawmakers dictated to majority of the members
of the Ogun State House of Assembly, which was locked for a long time. Under President Jonathan’s watch, the Nigerian
Governors’ Forum was sabotaged by his minions who declared a Governor with 16 votes a winner over the one who scored 19 votes, in a injurious blow to the concept of democracy.
the presidency, are now being given police protection to disrupt the proceedings of the House.
of the crisis. Since this is no longer an intra-party dispute and because of its potentials to set the country on fire, we also call on
civil society groups, professional bodies and ordinary Nigerians to rise up and defend the rule of law and the supremacy of the
Constitution over arbitrariness,” ACN said.
of the State House of Assembly.
constitutional role. Instead of providing security for the entire House to sit, he chose to back the renegades and their thugs to
unleash mayhem on their colleagues.
”This is not the democracy that was watered with the blood of many Nigerians. This not what Nigerians bargained for after years of military rule. We should not and must not allow those who are now reaping where they did not sow to reverse the little progress that we have made,” ACN warned.