The factional Speaker of the Rivers state house of assembly , Rt. Hon Martins Chike Amaewhule has said that the twenty seven lawmakers decided to defect from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC because of the crisis rocking the state chapter of the PDP.
Amaewhule also said that they left their former party because President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is doing very well with the appointments of Rivers indigenes into various positions.
The lawmaker stated that the 4-man group led by Rt. Hon Edison Ehie cannot form a quorum and whatever they are doing in the name of the Assembly is null and void.
Speaking during a dedication service and stakeholders meeting of the APC in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on Sunday Amaewhule said “we begged Mr President, the former president could not attend to the problems of the State, so we begged Mr President that we have a problem. Look at the east west road.
“The president gave us his word about the road leading to Ogoni, the president that is not in our party unlike the previous president. He said we should go back home and that irrespective of your party, I am a detribalized Nigerian, that’s what the president told us.
“The east west road work is ongoing and in no distance time that project will be completed. Access to the refinery, access to all the companies along the stretch of the road will be completed. That is the president that says a thing and he does it. Do you know what the president is doing? Since he became president, he has given appointments to Rivers people irrespective of parties. Mr President for the first time gave a strategic appointment for somebody that is not from his party. It’s not only the appointment of the FCT Minister, he has given appointments to many Rivers sons.
“None of the people he appointed that is APC member. The president shows that he is detribalized. So in making a choice of which party to go to, we chose the APC. The president is a man that means well for the people. Let me inform you we have done investigation and we know that in the coming weeks , a lot will be done and we believe that when we have petroleum products refined in this part of the country, prices of petroleum products will drop”.
Amaewhule noted that a lot of work is going on in the Port Harcourt refinery now. But let me tell you something that is very important, I did not say that everything is well in the country. The president has started well and the foundation is strong. The president needs the support of Nigerians. So in making our decisions to leave PDP, the PDP never said anything when the House of Assembly was burnt down. No official statement from the PDP. They did not condemn it when the state legislature was burnt down. The party never condemned which shows that they were not interested in what we are doing in the House of Assembly we have tsken a decision to be in APC.
“All we need to do as Rivers is to support Mr President every person that Mr President has appointed we should pray and support them and Mr President so that the president will continue to do good things for the state. As legislatures, our job is to come up with legislation that helps the people of Rivers State.
“We have just passed the state fund management bill that grants the financial autonomy of the State legislation. What it means is that as soon as assent is given to that bill we don’t have to run to the governor to be begging for funds to manage the House of Assembly.
Currently, the governor has stopped funding the state House of Assembly. But once the bill is consented to what it means is that funding will come straight from consolidated revenue of the State. What the governor is doing by not releasing funds to the state Assembly is against the constitution. The governor has stopped funding the Assembly that is a misconduct on part of the governor.