The All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on its members in the National Assembly to stall the passage of the 2014 budget and to block all proposals by the Presidency until the political/security crisis in River state was resolved.
The APC lawmakers are also expected to block the screening of ministerial nominees and confirmation of new service chiefs.
In a communique signed by, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC interim national publicity secretary, at the end of its eighth regular meeting, the Party said, “A few instances of the brazen lawlessness and violations of the Constitution will suffice here – the forceful dispersal of 13,201 newly recruited teachers in the Port Harcourt Stadium, using tear gas; blockading the entrance to the Government House in Port Harcourt and forcing the governor to use another entrance; preventing an aircraft chartered by the governor from taking off, alleging that the governor was trying to smuggle out a legislator wanted by the police (no apology was offered to the Governor), the disruption of a peaceful rally during which Senator Magnus Abe was shot with intent to kill; the several disruptions of Save Rivers Group rallies, and the unlawful detention of anybody perceived to be a sympathiser of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, while allowing pro-Jonathan and anti-Amaechi groups to organise rallies unmolested.
“The National Executive Committee of the APC has now resolved that if these acts of impunity and lawlessness continue unabated and the Police persist in being an enforcement arm of the PDP to the detriment of our members, it will have no alternative than to ask our members all over the country and especially in Rivers State to take whatever steps that are necessary to protect their lives and property.
“Following on the foregoing and in view of the joint resolutions of the National Assembly on Rivers State, and other constitutional breaches by the Presidency, the APC directs its members in the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals, including the 2014 Budget and confirmation of all nominees to military and civilian positions to public office until the rule of law and constitutionalism is restored in Rivers State in particular and Nigeria.
The party then commended what it described as “the courage, maturity and political sagacity of Governor Amaechi of Rivers State in the face of serial unprovoked and unwarranted assaults on his person, his constitutional rights and those of the government and people of Rivers State.