Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, has berated the Rivers state House of Assembly for their decision to suspend the APC lawmaker representing Ikwerre Constituency in the Assembly, Hon. Chikere Azubike Wanjoku, without fair hearing.
In a statement signed by himself and made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Abe opined that the resolution of the House was a highly partisan decision calculated to stifle the voice of opposition and suppress divergent views necessary for good governance and the sustenance of democracy in the state.
He urged the State Assembly to rise above partisanship in the interest of our nascent democracy.
The senator, however, called on the Assembly to rescind the suspension for peace to reign.
“Rivers State House of Assembly must rise above parochial partisan divisions and allow Rivers state find peace. The decision to suspend an elected member particularly one elected on the platform of the opposition does nothing to change the narrative of division and bitterness that has defined our politics. We can and must do things differently”, Abe stated.
Furthermore, he stated that the action of the Assembly could affect the reputation built for the House by the collective labour of Rivers legislators over the years.
“The House must understand that they are not just today’s members, but inheritors of the proud and lofty mandate that has attracted the confidence of Rivers people throughout its existence.”