Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The embattled Lawmaker representing Port Harcourt Constituency 1 in Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Victoria Wobo Nyeche whom the speaker of the House has refused to swear- in said her next option is to present herself to national assembly to perform the swearing in.
She said despite the certificate of return issued her by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and an order from the court demanding her swearing in yet the speaker, Hon. Dima Dabotoru has refused to swear her in.
Hon. Nyeche, the only female lawmaker in the current Rivers State House of Assembly, elected under All Progressive Congress (APC) said her predicament shows that the government of Rivers State under the leadership of Chief Nyesom Wike is insensitive and unfriendly to gender.
Reacting yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital on some of the issues playing out in her political dilemma, Hon. Nyeche said with unnecessary excuses being given by the speaker as a reason for not swearing her in, shows that it is no longer a matter of law but politics.
She said the humiliation she has being receiving from her colleague in the house under the leadership of the speaker who has refused to perform his legislative function to swear her in will not demoralize her but to make her strong and popular.
She noted that whatever politics that is playing out today over her swearing-in, she is confidence as a minister of God, that she will overcome the challenges, adding that what is happening today is one of those prices of leadership.
Nyeche said: “after the peaceful protest my APC members in the state who demanded for my swearing –in as part of their solidarity to me. I got a call that the Rivers State House of Assembly was waiting for me, I called a colleague who confirm it. I was surprise that I was ignored when I went to the house.
“Even the speaker did not announce my presence until the house adjourned for the day. That was what I have continued to experience. I think the only option left now is to present myself to national assembly to swear me in. I am not angry, but I am only worried of the reign of impunity in our democratic system.
“The speaker has refused to swear me in, but giving me excuses, what is happening now is not about law but unfortunate and undemocratic kind of politics that is playing out in Rivers State. Give me reason why competent court will give order and that order will be ignored, since them we have had rerun election and people that won has been swore in.
“April 11, 2015 the people of my constituency came out in their numbers and voted for me as their representative and since them it has been backward to justice. We went to tribunal and later to the court of appeal. On 23rd of December 2015 court of Appeal returned me as the duly elected member till then I have not being sworn –in.”