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Cross River Assembly A Rubber Stamp, Full Of Dishonourable Members – APC

All Progressive Congress (APC) in Cross River State has described the State House of Assembly (CRSHA) as “rubber stamp House full of dishonourable members”.

In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday, the APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Mens Ikpeme, said that the House’ claim that there was no meeting held to declare Hon Elucate’s seat vacant was a lie.

Hon Elucate had defected from PDP to APC recently and the House declared his seat vacant.
The statement said: “The speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Right Hon. John Gaul Lebo, told Cross Riverians and the whole world on the 7th of July, 2017 that, there was no meeting with the Governor in respect of hatching a plan to declare the seat of Hon (Dr.) Ekom Elucate (A house member representing Obubra II state constituency who recently decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC) vacant)”.

“Few days later, this same dishonourable honourable and his co-travellers declared the seat of Hon. Ekom vacant despite very clear constitutional provisions on the above matter. Cross River State Assembly legislators are insensitive to their constitutional positions and they intentionally break the laws for political gain.

“This has exposed the level of immaturity and poor understanding of constitutional provisions on the part of the assembly members. The portion of the Nigeria constitution quoted; section 109, subsection 1G as a lay man’s excuse of the 1999 constitution as amended by declaring the seat of Honourable (Dr.) Elucate Ekom vacant.

“Being a person whose election to the house of assembly was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that house was elected provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.

“Goats, fowls, the blind, deaf and dumb know that PDP is in serious crises in the state and national. The Makarfi group and Sheriff group. Their fundamental political process occurs in all level of their hierarchy each with its own diverse split up system with less strength and bond linking to their national hierarchy.

“Therefore, what the PDP House of assembly has just done is a clear violation of the law and impunity which tore PDP apart and made them loose relevance. What the PDP house of assembly has done cannot stand their purported 108 days for bye election to replace Hon.(Dr.) Elucate Ekom is a fallacy”.

According to the State Publicity Secretary, it was a clear evidence that the Cross River State assembly always played to the gallery to prove to the innocent masses that they are working but always fail to complete the mandate period for legislative sitting.

“It is common knowledge that there is conflicts of interest in Cross River assembly as they have been promised second term which has hindered effective functionality of the state legislators for them to uphold basic democratic governance.

“It is worrisome that the abandonment of their legislative functions for sake of picking party ticket for second term render them inoperable and unenforceable. The extent to which Cross River State assembly understands and considers the importance of democratic governance is put to question.

“In the morning of 14/7/2017 a legal sermons pending before the Federal High Court Abuja to restrain the Cross River State Assembly from taking any step to declare the seat of Hon. Elucate Vacant was served to the clerk of Cross River State Assembly and this documentation was fully authenticated, signed and received by the clerk of the house.

“If Cross River State Assembly can reconvene on same day only to fraudulently and illegally sack a House of Assembly member for exercising his fundamental rights by relocating to another party, then they should also show such zeal concerning unresolved high profile corruption cases the assembly had ignored, notable one’s not touched.

“These included the 31 billion naira bailout funds, several allocations funds missing in the state treasury, true ownership of garment factory, commandeering of water board ministry land and landed properties, All Progressives Congress, APC, put it that such attempt by the Cross River Assembly to violate the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be resisted and met with the full force of the law”.

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