Anger in the House of Reps as Okorocha pardons Waney’s men

The dust raised by Imo State Governor Rochas Okoroch’s amnesty to some suspects is yet to settle. A motion on the “alleged amnesty by Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to persons who had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council” caused tempers to run riot on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday.

Anger in the House of Reps as Okorocha pardons Waney’s men

The dust raised by Imo State Governor Rochas Okoroch’s amnesty to some suspects is yet to settle.

A motion on the “alleged amnesty by Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to persons who had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council” caused tempers to run riot on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday.

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The argument dovetailed into a Rivers State versus Imo State face-off and then became All Progressives Congress (APC) against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Deputy Minority Leader Onyeama Chukwukah ( PDP Anambra)  was so incensed at House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila’s position that for two minutes, he threw tantrums at him. Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s plea could not calm Chukwukah down.

The motion, which was by Hon. Kingsley Chinda ( PDP Rivers), Betty Apiafi ( PDP Rivers) and 10 others was presented by Apiafi.

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Moving the motion, she noted “with concern the recent grant of amnesty to some persons who had been declared wanted by the Rivers State Security Council consisting of the State Governor. Commissioner of Police, heads of Army, Navy, Air Force and the Security and Civil Defence  Corps in the state.

“Aware of the deadly attacks carried out by the notorious Don Wany  ( now deceased) led criminal gang in Omoku Town, Rivers State on January 1, 2018, leading to the death of about 23 innocent citizens who were returning home from cross overnight service.”

She said no fewer than four of the criminal gang members, including the younger brother of the said Don Wany were killed in a gun duel.

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But Hon. Nnana Igbokwe (Imo PDP) raised a point of order, saying that the issue was that of a dispute between two states, which should naturally be resolved by the Supreme Court. “ Imo State government acted on the amnesty laws of the state, “ he said, adding that any dispute arising therefrom with Rivers State could only be resolved at the Supreme Court.

His submission triggered a heated debate on whether a governor could pardon a crime committed in another state, and if the House could even hear the motion in the first place.

Gbajabiamila supported Igbokwe’s position. He said it was a constitutional issue, adding that the House cannot discuss it, otherwise it would be “legislative overreach”.

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“What transpired in the last few minutes shows there is a dispute. Where is the proper forum for its resolution?” He said the Supreme Court is the right place.

Chukwukah got angry. He jumped to his feet and directed his response at the Majority Leader. The conclusion of his protestation was: it was indecent to throw legislative boulders in the path of an issue that had to do with the loss of lives.

Rules and Business Chairman Orker Jev (APC Benue) also incurred Nnana Igbokwe’s wrath when he said Imo State’s amnesty was not binding on any other state. “It is clear that the point of order raised by Igbokwe seems to be a state law,” he said.

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Hon. Johnson Ogbuma (Edo APC) insisted that only a Constitution amendment could have stopped Okorocha from doing what he did, Tajudeen Yusuf said there was the need to find out if Section 212 of the constitution which is in contention applies to Imo State or Nigeria.

Bashir Babale (APC Kano) cautioned members on the volatility of the issue. Uzoma Anonta (Abia PDP) wanted to know if a Boko Haram member who killed in the North east can be granted amnesty in the Southwest.

Uche Nnam- Obi (PDP Rivers) noted that in the spirit of the amnesty given by Okorocha, criminals would be killing in one state and running to another for pardon.

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Zakari Mohammed (APC Kwara) noted that members “have been divided along party lines”. The motion should be referred to the relevant committees to advise the House,” he said.

Because of the heated debate and the passion displayed, the Speaker deferred the motion to the House committees on Justice, Ethics and Privileges, National Intelligence and Public Safety for advice. They are to report back within one week.

 

Source – The Nation Newspaper

One Response to "Anger in the House of Reps as Okorocha pardons Waney’s men"

  1. Tribal   February 14, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS YOUTH VIGILANTE

    February 11 2018

    His Excellency, President Mohammed Buhari, GCON
    Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC)
    Aso Rock Villa
    Abuja, Nigeria

    Our Dear President,

    PETITION AGAINST THE ARBITRARY AND UNDEMOCRATIC ACTIONS
    OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) IN EDO STATE UNDER
    THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. ADAMS ALIYU OSHIOMHOLE

    On behalf of concerned leaders and members of our party in Edo State, we are using this medium to bring to your notice the arrest, detention and suffocation of our party by the immediate past governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole to the consternation of every well-meaning party loyalist.

    We have watched helplessly as Mr. Oshiomhole and his handpicked loyalists in the state executive have continued to violate the constitution of the All Progressives Party with reckless impunity and without restraint. The ex-governor has constituted himself into the ‘Provisional Ruling Council’ of our great party. This dictatorial attitude has placed party members on the edge and in a state of uneasiness.

    Acting against the acceptable democratic norms of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Oshiomhole stampeded the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to install him illegally as leader of the caucus in the state. This state of affair has resulted to the slippery situation that has created an air of uncertainty across the state. We reject the situation where Mr. Oshiomhole handpick the leaders that should attend stakeholders meetings that regrettably hold in his home in Benin City or Iyamho – his country home.

    Perhaps most worrisome is the undemocratic habit that has pervaded the party elective process since the primary election for the 2016 governorship ticket in Edo State. Sadly, the division created by that primary has widened more with the divisive attitude of Mr. Oshiomhole, a situation that has led to the illegal suspension, expulsion, replacement of duly elected party executives without recourse to the APC Constitution or seeks the ratification of NEC.

    His Excellency, permit us to urgently bring to your notice, the unholy and unacceptable handpicking of APC candidates for the March 3, 2018 Local Government Council Election in the state. Several promising and loyal party members – some of whom parades sterling technical and academic qualities were stampeded out of the race with threats of suspension of anyone that demanded for open primaries and refused to accept Mr. Oshiomhole’s consensus candidates.

    The recent ‘closed primaries’ for the local government election, has created disaffection amongst party members and if steps are not taken to urgently call Mr. Oshiomhole to order, the outcome and tension created by his self-imposition as ‘Caucus Leader’ may cause President Mohammed Buhari’s victory in Edo State.

    As dedicated leaders and members of our party, let us remind His Excellency and other NEC members that the prevailing aching and mute environment preceded the last presidential election in the state and this led to the defeat of APC by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State by a ratio of 52% to 48%. As it were then, many of our leaders and members worked for the victory of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. We fear to say that unless His Excellency and the NEC calls Mr. Oshiomhole to order, he may be knowingly working for the victory of the opposition ass demonstrated in the last presidential election.

    Much as we desire total victory for you in the 2019 presidential election, we must be circumspect of those to prosecute this battle, and CERTAINLY, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole is the least of very credible and strategic South South leaders to be considered. The impact of his uncouth deception of the general public in the commissioning of Central Hospital in Benin with your Mr. President as special guest, where you eventually commissioned an empty hall is irredeemable, and it will amount to integrity summersault to reward such a disguised criminal with the appointment as South South leader of APC were we have prominent and respected persons like Chief Great Ogboru, Chief Lulu Briggs, Olorogun O’Tega Emerhor, and others.

    Edo people are also angry that Mr. President has prevented the EFCC from investigating the corruption petition sent by Comarade Maxist Kola Edokpayi and Bishop (Dr.) Osadolor Ochei, since October 28, 2016.

    Arising from the above anti-democratic practices of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and the negative impact on the unity of our party in the state, we demand the under listed actions should be taken by the Mr. President immediately to appease the large numbers of unhappy leaders and members in the state. Let us state unequivocally that our group, along with other progressive movement within the party in Edo State will deploy every legal means – including legal and mass protest to achieve sanctity, sanity and democratic practices in Edo State APC.

    For the avoidance of doubt, these are our demands:
    1. Immediate commencement of investigation by EFCC on the corruption petition sent by Comrade Kola and Bishop Osadolor
    2. Rejection/denouncement of Mr. Oshiomhole as the APC Caucus Leader in Edo State
    3. Cancellation of the January 24, 2018 coerced and masterminded affirmative primaries, which was a product of imposition of candidates by Mr. Oshiomhole
    4. Withdrawal/compilation of new names for the Federal Boards that were initially announced by the Presidency
    5. Suspension of the planned Congresses in Edo State until a proper investigation is carried out on the allegation of mutilation of membership registers by agents loyal to Mr. Oshiomhole
    6. Re-instatement of elected executive members from ward to state level that were illegally removed from their offices on trump up charges on the order of Mr. Oshiomhole
    7. A valid promise by President Mohammed Buhari that Oshiomhole will not be considered for any position in his cabinet or in his campaign offices.

    In conclusion, we advice Mr. President on the urgent need to investigate an allegation that Mr. Oshiomhole may have negotiated to work with ex President Obasanjo’s third force in the next presidential election in his desperation to continually evade prosection.

    This petition serves as our 14 DAYS Notice to the party on our aforementioned planned ‘Mass Action’. We shall avail ourselves the window of self-help if no help comes the way of APC members in Edo State at the expiration of this notice.

    Long Live Edo State
    Long Live All Progressive Congress, APC
    Long Live Nigeria

    DESTINY OVIASU, JP ABU UMORU ODIANOSEN MONDAY
    Leader, Edo South Leader, Edo North Leader, Edo Central

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