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Civil society, APC protest non-swearing in of assembly members

Civil society, APC protest non-swearing in of assembly members in Port Harcourt

Leading civil society groups and some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Tuesday protested at the Rivers State judiciary and Assembly complexes in Port Harcourt. 

The groups protested what they referred to as the corruption by some members of the Rivers State Judiciary which has led to some suspect judicial actions and pronouncements that have stalled the swearing-in of Hon. Victoria Nyeche of Port Harcourt Constituency I and Hon. Andrew Miller of Opobo/Nkoro Constituency both in the Rivers State House of Assembly [RSHA].

The mass action commenced as early as 7 a.m. when protesters started gathering around the General Post Office area adjacent to the judiciary complex under the watchful eye of security men at a distance. 

At about 8 a.m. the mammoth crowd led by notable civil society leaders and APC Chieftains matched to the gate of the judiciary and later moved to the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex where the leaders addressed the crowd.

It would be recalled that despite various tribunal and appeal court rulings declaring the two APC members winners of their State Constituency elections and subsequent issuance of Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC], the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly has refused to swear the two individuals into office hinging his action on purported pronouncements of certain courts in Rivers State.


She is Victoria Nyeche, Member-Elect, Port Harcourt State Constituency 1, Rivers State House of Assembly.

Her other male colleagues have been duly sworn-in and all have started work. 

These colleagues of hers are those men in Rivers State, who came into power on the altar of so many human sacrifices.

This woman, an Ikwerre daughter, who won landslide at the 2015 General Elections, was also taken to Tribunal and yet won flatly.

INEC has also issued her the certificate of return.

We can only hear that one pro-PDP civil society jobber filed a motion against the only female member-elect, Hon. Victoria Nyeche and based on that, Rivers State House of Assembly has refused to swear this lady into the hallowed chambers more than one year now.

The whole world seems to be cold to call this male dominated House of Assembly to order. Female activists in their ranks and files seem to have gone on vacation (a long one) from Nigeria- I will not say Rivers State.

On their part, the male chauvinists, masochists, wife-batterers and divorcees occupying the Assembly, headed by a senior woman-hater, the Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, #Diswomanable Adams Dabotorudima, have (in their myopism and chauvinism) sealed off Victoria Nyeche’s mandate with a condition to reverse same only when Rivers State PDP Judiciary asks them to swear the female Lawmaker-elect into Chambers.

Ironically, a woman is Rivers Chief Judge.

Imagine that!

If women are deserving of any love, respect, consideration and support in this world, we crave all relevant stakeholders; civil society, female lawyers, men and women of God, PDP and APC, etc., to close ranks and see that justice is done to Hon. Victoria Nyeche.

National Judiciary Commission NJC, this is the time to beam your prism towards Rivers State Judiciary as your silence over the injustices pervading the place is capable of causing a serious crisis in Rivers State

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