From Tony John, Port Harcourt

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State Chapter, has told the 27 lawmakers who defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop disturbing the peace of the state, but allow the court to determine their eroded legitimacy status.

The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Sydney Tambari Gbara,  made the remark, following a press statement by members of the State House of Assembly, whom he described as an “illegal assembly.”

He urged them to address their legitimacy question in the light of Section 109 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

Gbara told them to bury their heads in shame that while other state Houses of Assembly were making laws for the good governance of their respective states, those in Rivers were busy making frantic efforts to destroy the state and frustrate orders.

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“You have several cases querying your legality in courts. Why are you running away from them? You are here constituting public nuisance, engaging in illegal assembly, taking illegal decisions and making illegal laws, knowing full well that you no longer represent your constituents. If you want to know what Rivers people think about you, go to the streets and ask questions. You are an illegal assembly and your laws are inconsequential to the Rivers people.”

The state PDP spokesperson regretted that the founding fathers of the state would be crying that a group of young people have decided to be used as agents of destabilisation of their state, the government and its people.

The party warned the 27 lawmakers that posterity would not be kind to them for choosing the path of destruction, rather than peace and reconciliation.

Gbara also responded to claims of non-implementation of the eight-point Peace Accord by a chieftain of the APC, Tony Okocha.

He said: “Although we are not holding brief for the state government, as a party, let me for the umpteenth time tell Tony Okocha that Governor Siminalayi Fubara has, in his desire to further deepen peace in the state, implemented the Peace Accord, and in accordance with our laws. So, your attempt to try to stampede Governor Fubara into taking unconstitutional actions is like blowing hot air.”