APC, Groups Protest Against Non-swearing in of Assembly Members

By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some civil society groups in Rivers State on Tuesday marched to the state High Court and the House of Assembly to protest against the continued refusal of the Speaker of the Assembly, Adams Dabotorudima, to swear in two members of the assembly elected on the platform of the APC.
The protesters, who included members of civil society organisations, such as Niger Delta Civil Society Coalition, the Save Rivers Movement (SRM) and the Rivers Leadership Advancement Foundation (RIVLEAF), said they were protesting against what they referred to as the corruption by some members of the Rivers State Judiciary.
They said the corruption 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.
Addressing newsmen later, the National Assistant Secretary of the APC, Hon. Oji Ngofa, said, “We are here to demonstrate our disgust and to protest against the rascality of the Rivers State Judiciary. The Rivers State Judiciary has been made like the legal caucus of the PDP and judgments that have been given are so partisan.
“So today, we came as a people that will no longer tolerate a judiciary that have been knocked down by the state government. The judiciary is meant for everybody; the Judiciary shouldn’t have any party coloration. The Judiciary should dispense justice to everybody equally.”