The All Progressives Congress has warned the Federal Government to desist from “compounding illegality” by compelling members of the House of Representatives to sign a paper seeking to reconvene the House ahead of the December 3 adjourned date.
This was contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The party said, ”We have heard from the grapevine that the FG is inducing legislators with a view to reconvening the House, but this will amount to piling illegality upon illegality since only a resolution by all principal officers of the House can reconvene the House.
”We cannot put anything beyond a government that will unlawfully withdraw the security details of the country’s number four citizen, who has not been removed as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, simply because he defected from the ruling party to the opposition. For as long as he remains Speaker, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is entitled to all the statutory perks of his office.”
APC accused the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government of “ruling by vindictiveness,” rather than in accordance with the rule of law.
It added, “Despotism, arbitrariness and impunity are the watch words of the Jonathan administration, hence it has
desecrated most national institutions, including the judiciary, and has now put the legislature in its cross hair.
”The legislature is one of the last standing institutions after the onslaught of the ravaging Jonathan Administration, which has nothing but contempt for the concept of the separation of powers, the rule of law and perception of the country by the international
”For this government, it is power for the sake of power, not for the achievement of anything ennobling. That is why the police and State Security Service details of a man, who remains the country’s number four, can be removed without consideration to what the law says.
“That is why public funds will be used to induce lawmakers to sign for the reconvening of the House when it is clear that only the principal officers, and not even the Speaker alone, can reconvene the House before the adjourned date.”
SOURCE: Punch Newspaper