Amid an impeachment threat, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State called on the state House of Assembly to reveal the allegations that justify impeachment proceedings against him. Fubara issued this challenge in a statement released in Port Harcourt by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Boniface Onyedi, marking his first official response to the commencement of impeachment proceedings.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr. Maol Dumle, initiated the move for impeachment during the house plenary session, citing the governor’s alleged “misconduct unbecoming of a governor.” Fubara’s statement addressed this development.
In addition to the impeachment threat, Fubara condemned the bombing of a section of the House of Assembly complex by suspected hoodlums who used an Improvised Explosive Device in the attack.
In response, he expressed dismay at the attempt by “some disgruntled persons to forcefully take over control of the assembly.” Fubara emphasized his commitment to peace and disassociated himself from any violent actions.
“The truth is that everybody who knows me know that I am a peaceful person. I can never ever, even if I am aware that there is a plot to impeach me for whatever reason, be part of such destruction,” he stated.
Fubara questioned the destruction of a facility funded by taxpayers’ money for selfish reasons and called any legislative actions taken during the purported plenary session null and void.
He asserted that he would resist any unjustifiable attempts to impeach him and demanded transparency in the process.
“Let them tell Rivers people my offence. Come out and tell the people of Rivers that offence that Fubara committed that warrants impeachment,” he challenged.
He expressed gratitude for the support of the people of Rivers and promised to continue defending and protecting their interests. Fubara also raised concerns about compromised security operatives and reported an attack on his vehicle while en route to the assembly complex to assess the damage caused by the morning bombing.
Furthermore, Fubara commended the youths for standing up to protect the state’s interests. The House of Assembly also initiated motions to remove the Majority Leader, Edison Ehie, along with three other members, and garnered the support of 24 out of 32 lawmakers in favor of these motions.