- The ruling APC has condemned the recent suspension of the former speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly
- The party said the suspension of Monday Igbuya is vindictive and an affront on democracy
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the three months suspension slammed on the immediate past speaker of the Delta state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Monday Igbuya, describing it as vindictive and an affront on democracy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the condemnation by the party is coming just as Igbuya also denied the allegation of financial recklessness leveled against him by the House and accused the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, of witch-hunting him and instigating the three months suspension slammed against him.
The lawmaker in a statement by his aide, Sunday Boyitie, said: “It is comical for anyone to say I was involved in any form of financial recklessness while I headed the House as speaker because no money was given to me by the Okowa administration during my tenure as speaker. I believe it’s as a result of my defection to the APC.
"I have also briefed my lawyers to seek legal counsel on my next line of action as the House does not have the power to suspend any of its members and I would not ignore this cheap political script being authored by some individuals who see themselves as demigods.”
The Delta state chapter of the party in a statement by its publicity secretary, Sylvester Imonina stated that the party condemns the action of the House as same ultra-vires the power of the House.
Tasking the House to immediately recall the former speaker who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC to avoid legal fireworks against her, the party stated that the decision is “vindictive, affront to democracy and freedom of association.
It said: “The All Progressives Congress, Delta state chapter condemns in totality the suspension of Rt. Hon. Monday Igbuya by Delta State House of Assembly over concocted/purported allegation of financial misapplication.
“Though, the House has the rules that govern conduct of her members, same ought not to be used arbitrarily against those who are not on the same page with the powers-that-be.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the APC had on Thursday, September 27, said it had screened members of the party with ambitions to become governors in various states across Nigeria.
The party in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena, said the governorship aspirants from states of the federation that were cleared to contest the primaries were screened by APC's governorship screening committee.
The list also contained names of aspirants that were not cleared and those that withdrew from the race.
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