APC lawmakers to comply with party’s directive to block Nigeria’s 2014 budget, others – Gbajabiamila

Meet Tuesday morning to decide approach

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus in the House of Representatives said it is determined to push ahead with the directive given to it by the party leadership to block all legislative proposals emanating from the presidency to protest what it called impunity of the Nigeria Police in Rivers State.

The Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who stated this on Monday, said the party caucus would meet on Tuesday morning ahead of resumption of the plenary session to study the directive and decide on how to go about complying with it.

The APC had directed its members in the two chambers of the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals, including the 2014 Budget and confirmation of the ministerial appointees and service chiefs sent by President Goodluck Jonathan, to protest the role of the police in the lingering crisis in Rivers State.

The opposition, which gave the directive during its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja on Thursday, has since come under heavy criticisms from other parties and individuals, who accused it of toying with the lives of Nigerians.

Among the parties that condemned the directive are the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and Labour Party, LP.

The APC leadership also defended its action, saying it had started to yield fruit as its member and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, attended a rally in Ogoni axis of the state unmolested, last Saturday.

Some other rallies organised in Rivers State by residents to declare support for the governor had been disrupted by the police with a serving senator allegedly shot in one of the attacks.

Ahead of the resumption of the lower chamber on Tuesday, Mr. Gbajabiamila said it would meet to study the directive and the approach to adopt, insisting that it was a patriotic directive which the Caucus would comply with.

“We see a basis for complying with the directive,” Mr. Gbajabiamila told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday night. “It is legitimate to call the government of the day to order. Those who are criticising it are PDP apologists. They don’t see what we see. We’re ready because this is a new beginning. We will see how it goes.

“I cannot tell now how we are going to do it, but we will meet to decide on how to go about it tomorrow. I mean APC Caucus will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) morning and decide what happens next. We will sit down and we will review the situation as we go along.”

The lawmaker expressed disappointment with those criticising the APC for issuing the directive to its lawmakers, describing them as “hypocrites.”

He expressed regret that some Nigerians always see the actions of the party as illegal, noting that whenever it was at the receiving end, nobody bothered to say anything.

According to him, “We have listened to those people. APGA and LP that are criticising the directive are all PDP apologists. When APC does anything people tend to see it as illegal.”

“When Lagos State funds were seized by the PDP federal government, even when the Supreme Court had ruled on it, nobody said anything. Does PDP obey court rules? The lives of 18 million people were at stake. That is hypocrisy of the highest order.

“Now, they are talking budget and how it will affect about Nigerians. You look at what is happening in Rivers State. Is the budget more important than the lives of Nigerians there? The life of one Nigerian is more important than the budget.

Mr. Gbajabiamila, who represents Surulere 1 Federal Constituency of Lagos State, said the APC Caucus was not worried about the coalition the PDP had formed with APGA and LP to frustrate its plan to carry out the directive from its leadership, saying with its numerical strength the APC would succeed.

He said, “In any case, I learnt PDP Caucus met today and formed a coalition with APGA, Labour Party, and other smaller parties. But it is simple. We are not worried at all. They (APGA and LP) are PDP apologists. That is not new. It wasn’t like they were voting for us. We’re superior in number.”

He said the APC was not worried about the commencement of the screening of the service chiefs by the Senate, as it could frustrate their confirmation on the floor of the House.

He said, “There is nothing wrong with screening because at the end of the day they will bring it to the floor for approval,” he said. “I don’t see any problem there. That is not to say we will not take the interest of the country into consideration. We will review the situation as we go along.”


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  • Issei

    Thank you gbajabiamila ride on.let’s collectively say big NO to impunity,please filibuster anything from the villa until they stop the impunity.and call there attacks dogs to order.

    • the_adviser

      Fili what? they wont know it even if it hits them in the face and Gbaja wants to be the next governor of lagos state. Pity

    • kingston

      Nice comment

    • redeem

      look at a rogue wanted in the USA for fraud assuming the role of a saint–its only in Nigeria that such can happen

  • Mike udi

    What if the crises in ogun, adamawa , pleateu Borno nd the rest where lives are lost on daily basis. What is the diff between attacking a political really and atacking a church or village. When state of emergency was placed on adamawa, Borno no one cares to know that the life of Nigerians re mor important than nigeria budget.
    All the cithergarten rep should go back to school of reasoning

    • Okocha

      There is a difference between an attack by unknown armed personnel and attack by known uniformed personnel. In this case the Nigerian Police. What would they have been protesting then? If they did that you would have been one of the people to criticise them. What they are saying now is that there is a rogue CP in Rivers State and he should not keep staying there to be doing the bidding of the Federal Govt. Should they wait until equal lives and property are lost to the police?

      • kingston

        Well said

  • redeem

    it seems as if this fraudster who is wanted in the USA does not even know a thing about the activities of that his regional Yoruba party-we are more concerned with the ongoing gun battle in Ogun state and boko haram killing machine in the fulani north-not the rubbish this wanted criminal is talking about here–let APC provide the nation with the medical report of Abe-

  • max

    Clown !

  • paul preston

    the man that seized the Lagos state funds is now the navigator for apc so who is fooling who?you people in apc have an over bloated sense of importance as if we do not know that it is all politics very soon some of apc top rank officers will negotiate with Fg and at the end of the day they will smile to the bank so let nobody preach patriotism here it is simply that of your pockets

  • redeem

    A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered a fresh service of court processes on five former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
    The processes are in respect of the case filed by the PDP, seeking to sack the governors on the grounds of their defection to the opposition party.

    The governors are Alhaji Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).

    Justice Gabriel Kolawole gave the order yesterday after PDP’s lawyer, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), told the court that despite being served, the defendants were not only absent in court, they also failed to file any response to the processes served on them.

    The judge had earlier ordered that the governors be served through the national office of the APC in Abuja.
    Justice Kolawole yesterday granted the plaintiff’s permission to publish the court processes in THISDAY newspapers.
    He adjourned to February 6 for hearing of the plaintiff’s originating summons.

    Sued with the governors is the Independent National Electoral Commission (listed as the 1st defendant).
    The PDP argued that the governors should be sacked from office on the grounds that upon their defection, they have forfeited their offices, which as a result have reverted to the party.

    In the event that the five governors are sacked from office, PDP wants the court to order the deputy governors or speakers of the Houses of Assembly of the affected states, or any officer next in rank, who is still its member, to assume the office of governor. –

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Infact! it is a bold prudent move to save public funds from further embezzlement,stealing and looting by president Jonathan and his corrupt-ridden,ineptitude,clueless and incompetent government.With the huge annual budget since 2010 ascension of power,what can president Ebele Jonathan point out as evidence of his cabinet ministers and corrupt-ridden government?
    There is no impact of democracy governance in Nigeria as security of lives and properties of Nigerians are not guaranteed,roads are death traps-Lagos to Ibadan highway as bold example.
    Teaching hospitals are archaic while president Jonathan and wife Dame Patience Jonathan frequently travel to Germany to obtain adequate medical attention on public expense and average Nigerians died from lack of adequate medical attention at home.
    Our graduates roam about in millions without any hope of securing gainful employment.”Government of crooks,looters,embezzlers led by the greatest liar.

  • Shola

    APC and its members conspiring evil against Nigeria and Nigerians are irresponsible. The worst mistake any Nigerian could make is to think APC meant well for Nigeria. May APC and its members fail in their evil plot and execution. Amen.