APC directs members to block approval of 2014 budget, ministerial nominees

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande

The opposition All Progressives Congress [APC] has directed its lawmakers in the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals emanating from the presidency in protest against what it calls the impunity of the Police in Rivers state.

But the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has swiftly dismissed the directive, describing it as a call to anarchy and a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

Rising from its 8th regular meeting, the Interim National Executive Committee of the APC issued a communiqué directing its lawmakers to frustrate the passage of the 2014 budget as well as the confirmation of ministerial nominees and service chiefs.

“The APC hereby 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 in general,” the communiqué reads in parts.

The oil-rich South-south state of Rivers has in the past one year been gripped by what appears an intractable political crises that have intermittently triggered violence in both the state House of Assembly and at political rallies organized by contending forces in the state.

The state government as well as the APC have repeatedly accused the Rivers state command of the police of siding with political opponents of Governor Rotimi Amaechi.

The APC reiterated its stand Thursday, saying the culture of lawlessness and impunity in the troubled state were being promoted and supported by the Presidency, and executed by the State Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu, who according to the APC, had become the de facto military governor of the state and the sole administrator of the PDP in the State.

The party listed some instances of the alleged brazen lawlessness and violations of the constitution by Mr. Mbu to include the forceful dispersal of 13,201 newly recruited teachers at the Port Harcourt Stadium using tear gas, as well as the blocking of the entrance to the Government House in Port Harcourt and forcing the state governor to use another entrance.

It also accused Mr. Mbu of preventing an aircraft chartered by Mr. Amaechi from flying, alleging the governor was trying to smuggle out a legislator wanted by the Police. The APC said no apology was offered to the governor even after it became clear the police acted based on falsehood.

The party also recalled how Mr. Mbu ordered the disruption of a peaceful rally during which Magnus Abe, a senator, was shot, an incident the APC believed was an intent to kill him.

The opposition party also accused Mr. Mbu of ordering several disruptions of rallies organized by the pro-Amaechi Save Rivers Group, and the unlawful detention of anybody perceived to be a sympathizer of Mr. Amaechi, while allowing pro-Jonathan and anti-Amaechi groups to organize rallies unmolested.

The APC interim NEC praised the “courage, maturity and political sagacity of Governor Rotimi 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,”.

It said the conduct of Mr. Amaechi represented the party’s maturity and compliance with the rule of law in response to the escalating impunity in his state.

“The APC is very proud of him,” the communique said.

The party also said it had now resolved that should the impunity and lawlessness in Rivers continue unabated with the police portraying itself as an enforcement arm of the PDP to the detriment of its members, it would simply ask its members nationwide, but especially in Rivers State, to take whatever steps that are necessary to protect their lives and property.

A call to anarchy

But in a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party, has described the APC directives to its lawmakers and members as a clear and direct call for anarchy.

The ruling party said the opposition’s call was a vindication of its earlier position that the APC was out to destroy Nigeria’s democracy and the unity of the nation.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Thursday night that with the anti-people directives, Nigerians could now see that the PDP was not crying wolf when it alerted them that the APC did not mean well for the nation.

“In asking that service chiefs should not be confirmed by he Senate, the APC has revealed its devilish plot to undermine the nation’s security system, create a state of anarchy and pave way to unleash mayhem on the people,” Mr. Metuh said.

He also said by trying to frustrate the passage of the 2014 budget, the APC had exposed its plot to cripple the nation’s economy and plunge the people into untold hardship.

“It is now clear to all Nigerians that the APC has commenced the implementation of its orchestrated plot to truncate the nation’s democracy, push the country into a state chaos and achieve its doomsday predictions; a plot which must be stopped,” the party said.


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  • Favnat John

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,what a visionless opposition.Who will suffer this?Is it the Elite or the Masses you alleged standing for? Play your politics and stay away from things you know can never be tolerate .God bless Nigeria

    • Okikiola Beckley

      Who told you the masses are benefitting anything in Nigeria. If there is going to be any fall out at all it’s the elites that will suffer more. This is a country on autopilot,nobody is running it. The only thing they do is stealing,that’s their own form of democracy.

      • Favnat John

        wait and see the finger print,then you will know if any of their child is here in Nigeria

    • oldity

      pls grow up, APC said stop d impunity in rivers els i will tell my memebers to block all legislative proposaps. Simple. I think u should commend them rather than see white and call it black. We saw in rivers where 4 lawmakers was trying to impeach d speaker. Pls grow up

  • isa fagge

    Kodus to people’s party APC! Law abiding Party!

  • emmanuel

    Congratulation APC.

    Please note that more Yoruba’s were killed during IBB and Abacha’s rule than the rest of the country put together, so their call for anarchy will not favour them

    I wish the APC goodluck. Should they truncate democracy in Nigeria, they will pay dearly for it.

    Then it would be time for all ethnic nationalities to seek self rule.

  • Akhabue Emmanuel Richards

    All the budgets they passed since 1999 did the masses benefit anyfin from it? APC knows the president and his 42 thieves cannot survive without the budget….so its a smart political move!

    • Es3

      if that is what you think, then wait you will see that there is a provision for the President to spend money and get ratification from the national assembly later!

    • Malik

      You’re a little better than illiterate. All APC budgets since 1999 (AD, AC, ANPP, CPC etc) have transformed their states, isn’t it? All PDP budgets are stolen.

      • redeem

        which state dont u know lagos state is the most indebted in Nigeria? Go round lagos state-the roads are in a mess-IS IT OGUN, OSUN OR EKITI states respectively–In lagos commissioner cannot grant press interviews without approval from tinubu not even fashola–let us see what lagos state which is supposed to be the richest because of the sea port which government built and industries created with oil resources can do to repay most of her debts. Which even the third generation of lagosian will not be able to pay–are they the ones to tell us how to award contract for roads in the west which obj could not do? Or tell us how to spend the budget’ They must be mad-

    • redeem

      Press Statement – 24th Jan 2014

      Rivers Crisis: You Are The One Guilty of Impunity, PDP Accuses APC

      …Faults Position To Block 2014 Budget, etc

      The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State chapter has faulted the threat by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to block all proposals by the presidency through its members in the National Assembly for allegedly supporting lawlessness and impunity in Rivers State.

      Dismissing the party’s position at its Eight Interim National Executive Committee Meeting in Abuja as unnecessary, hollow and mischievous, the PDP in a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media to the State Chairman, Jerry Needam noted that the APC’s threat in itself is an act of lawlessness, unpatriotism and impunity aimed at grounding the lawmaking machinery of government.

      The statement further accuses the APC as the one which official policy, and leadership style is anchored on disrespect for the rule of law and impunity, wondering why the APC leadership is not disturbed by the crisis rocking the state chapters of the party other than the situation in Rivers State if not for their pecuniary interests.

      The PDP also expresses shock that Gov Amaechi who unilaterally ordered for the arrest of the members of a faction of the party in 2010 and charged them for cultism, closed down the office of Dr Abiye Sekibo, his opponent for the office of the Governor on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in 2011, refused to abide by court judgement in respect of the illegal sack of the council chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government and the replacement of the G. U. Ake leadership in the state could be alleging acts of lawlessness and impunity when that is his stock in trade.

      In all this, the PDP wants Senator Bola Tinubu and his colleagues to explain why they kept sealed lips or refused to voice out or accuse the police who they only see as an enemy only when they act contrary to their wish.

      “We have always known and never kept mum that the APC is a party founded on strife and crisis and has continued to advocate and support acts capable of creating disaffection, disharmony and commotion in the polity.

      We therefore implore all well meaning Nigerians especially the members of National Assembly to disregard and shun any moves aimed at truncating our nascent democracy such as setting the NASS against the presidency being plotted by the APC”, the PDP warned.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    APC in a free fall. It is unfortunate but it was expected anyway. Bunch of barely literate desperadoes

  • Es3

    The Republicans tried that last year in the US over the debt ceiling raising bill and they are regretting it till date as Americans turned against them enmasse?!

    Let APC try their own in Nigeria and see where that will leave them at the end of it all?!!!

    • Tunji

      Are you comparing the US and Nigeria? I hope not.

      • Es3

        Yes, I am!

        Even though the US’ democracy had grown over centuries of practice, such a recent precedence can only point to how the people (be it Amercans or Nigerians) would react to overt threat to their interest at a time when the government is still the biggest employer of labour and economic hinge?!

  • Monday

    Speaker and members of house of reps laughed at Jerry Useni letter directing a DPP member to join PDP and APC. What is the different between Jerry letter and APC directive. Is this instruction or command based on individual members conviction or principle? Were they consulted or they were just considered as ZOMBIES or ROBOTS by their party elders. Are these men and women mere slaves of some powerful lords and masters in APC? Have they right to do otherwise? The dictatorial character of ACN is gradually taking hold of APC. This is why APC would remain a hard sell. The same old wine in new wine skin. The shout of the so called progressive is just to cease power at all cost even if it means dinning with the devils of nigerian politics. Labour party is gradually looking like a good alternative.

  • Sword of Damocles

    The PDP needs to stop being jittery(even though they have every reason to be). No need for panic, what APC has resolved is not anarchy. Let me tell something about ANARCHY/TYRANNY…. you will KNOW IT when it touches you. Anarchy is unremitted FEDERAL REVENUE to the CBN for a long time involving billions of USD. It is a President who swears in military & civilian appts without the “advise & consent” of the Senate as Constitutionally mandated. Anarchy is the EPOCHAL looting ensuing under the 15yr Democratic Undertaking. What the APC is doing is to Constitutionally flex their political muscle, done atleast 3 times in the US in the last 17yrs, “govt. shutdown” . Quintessentially Constitutional in every Representative Democracy worldwide. APC Senators you must act in the Senate. “On your Marks” has called for the swift “debate” & passage of the President “11th Jet” 2014 Budget, and confirmation of the Service Chiefs(who now occupy those seats,WITHOUT “advise & consent” of the Senate). This matter of expelling senators must be decided before any passage of the President’s “ZOO” 2014 Federal budget. This is Constitutional Warfare, and it must be fought wisely, robustly, and with intellect. God save the FRN

    • redeem

      >>>>>) PROVE THEM WORNG FOR ONCE

  • Francis

    It is getting interesting by the day. This useless APC vultures want power at all costs. We shall see how they will come and get my oil wealth in Niger Delta.

    Nigeria is overdue for breakup. It is certainly not a country. APC will not convene on $1.7m which its senators and all senators earn. Isn’t that salary criminal? considering the minimum wage of N18,000? This is complete nonsense.

    The Niger Delta shud break away.

    • frodo

      Is there anything wrong in wanting power at all legally possible cost?
      Were u dead when PDP said they would rule for 60years?
      So what’s wrong if APC want to rule after PDP 16years.
      Nigeria is ripe for break up, yes the type of Nigeria where over 100million people live in poverty despite mega oil wealth
      The type of Nigeria due for destruction is a Nigeria where farouk and otedola openly engaged in bribery and nothing was done to punish them
      Nigeria is ready to break up so that Stella will not be able to buy 2 BMW for 1.6million… The costliest in the world.

  • Mani_Kay

    APC = Anarchy Plus Crisis = Chaos

  • Comfortkay

    May l ask if Nigeria really need in every Ministries two ministers, on for home and abroad and permanent Secretaries. Martin Luther King said l cote “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. APC should block everything because this government of GEJ is outright failure and will be shown the way out of office and President Jonathan will be one term President. If you dont like what l say please go and hang up..

    • Pete

      Semi-illiterate Comfort, it’s the constitution that prescribes a minister from each state of the federation. So the president is just fulfilling a constitutional requirement.
      And the spelling of that word is QUOTE and not COTE.
      I hope you will be able to READ this!

      • Comfortkay

        Another Niger Delta anarchist Bubi, you are born poor and´you will die poor the President is just blowing the Naira and allowing the jobless area boys and area fathers to be ministers, Get it straight dum köpf Nigeria has no Constitution the one in place was made by the Military and Nigeria was better off with one Minister than two .

  • OO

    Most stupid call ever made in this world. Is federal government holding on to rivers allocation like OBJ did to Lagos????? Amechi shld use the peoples money for development. Now, teachers are not paid, TIMARIV are not paid and they will soon be hunting innocent car owners to make a living and wen the police comes in they will call fedral government.
    Rivers people are langushing in jail becouse the governor won’t appoint the state chief Judge, abi that’s federal govenment too. Pls let APC try to block the Budget and the PDP will seat in ASO rock like Ameachi did and pass the budget.
    The Republicans tried it wit Obama care and never succeeded and are still trying to recover from the damage it did to the party.

  • EL

    Most irresponsible call ever made in this world. Is federal government holding on to rivers allocation like OBJ did to Lagos????? Amechi shld use the peoples money for development. Now, teachers are not paid, TIMARIV are not paid and they will soon be hunting innocent car owners to make a living and wen the police comes in they will call fedral government.
    Rivers people are langushing in jail becouse the governor won’t appoint the state chief Judge, abi that’s federal govenment too. Pls let APC try to block the Budget and the PDP will seat in ASO rock like Ameachi did and pass the budget.
    The Republicans tried it wit Obama care and never succeeded and are still trying to recover from the damage it did to the party.

  • Garden-City Boy

    APC is a cult of anarchists, desperate blackmailers and hostage takers. Their jihadist agenda is made clear by the irresponsible path they take.