The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has described as ‘undemocratic’ the suspension of some members of the State House of Assembly.
Reacting to the suspension in a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary, Ogubundu Nwadike, the PDP said such action was absolutely unacceptable, urging those responsible to recall the lawmakers without any delay.
According to him, the party “recognizes that the suspended lawmakers are elected representatives of the Imo people,” adding that to a very large extent, the lawmakers are answerable to the people, whose mandates they are exercising, and should seamlessly be exercising.
“PDP considers it as not cogent enough the reasons floated by the leadership of the House for the act of suspension of elected lawmakers,” the statement made available to Nigerian Tribune partly read.
The party further described that action as too vindictive, highhanded, dehumanizing, stressing that the legislature “is an arm of government and not a department of the executive arm of government.”
“The system in Imo State where the executive arm arrogates so much power and authority over the legislature is undemocratic and must be jettisoned, to allow democracy to blossom and flourish in the state.
“We keenly observe how the powers that be in the House are going to handle and manage the latest slap on democracy,” the party stated.
The PDP urged the state governor, Hope Uzodinma, to leave the Imo State House of Assembly alone to make useful laws for Imo people, adding that witch-hunting and hounding elected lawmakers, particularly those of the opposition, is not in tandem with the governor’s much talk about restoring peace in the state.