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Lawmaker blames APC for fracas in House of Reps

30 June 2015, 08:12

Port Harcourt - A member of the House of Representatives, Representative Oghene Egoh (PDP-Amuwo/Odofin) on Monday described as improper the letter written to the house by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Egoh said in Port Harcourt on Monday that the letter was improper and unconstitutional, describing it as an interference on the independence of the legislature.

He said that the party had no constitutional right to dictate for the National Assembly who should be its principal officers.

He described the letter as an "unwarranted embarrassment" to the legislators whose business cut across party affiliations and selfish interests.

"The APC caused the fracas in the house; they came out to embarrass lawmakers and Nigerians with their selfish interest.

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"Moreover, it is the constitutional duty of lawmakers to decide who leads them and not the political party because lawmaking is more serious and important than party politics," he said.

The lawmaker commended the Yakubu Dogara-led House of Representatives for standing firm on the right thing irrespective of personal or party interests.

He called on well-meaning Nigerians to rally support for the speaker, who he said had proved that he was a man of integrity and due process.

According to him, the law permits members of the National Assembly to elect their leaders without recourse to party interests.

Egoh wondered why a political party should impose its choice of leadership on the National Assembly who were elected to chart Nigeria’s socio-economic course.

He urged Nigerians to continue to support the supremacy of the law, noting that independence of the three arms of government was imperative for a virile democracy.

The Lawmaker expressed confidence in the ability of Dogara to drive meaningful development and purposeful laws for Nigeria. 



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