Friday, 24 January 2014

HEADLINES: APC orders members to block Jonathan’s bills *** N’Assembly debates 2014 budget next week *** Police commission promotes 23 officers *** Court reserves judgment in NBA’s appeal *** Students shut varsity *** Amaechi-led NGF decries lack of consultation on budget *** Kaduna PDP defectors return, others join *** Workers issue seven-day ultimatum to construction firms over welfare *** ‘N113b required to complete East/West road’ *** Crisis brews in teaching hospitals over alleged plan to privatise units *** APC orders members to block Jonathan’s bills

OUTRAGED at what it considered as President Goodluck Jonathan's
encouragement of lawlessness in Rivers State, the All Progressives
Congress (APC) yesterday urged its members in the National Assembly to
block all his legislative proposals.

   Such proposals include the President's request for the passage of
the 2014 Budget and the confirmation of all nominees to military and
civilian positions.

   According to the APC, this should be the position "until the rule
of law and constitutionalism is restored in Rivers State in particular
and Nigeria in general."

  The members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the
opposition APC gave these directives yesterday as they rose from an
emergency meeting in Abuja.

   In a statement issued at the end of the meeting at the party's
secretariat in Abuja, the party specifically directed its members at
the National Assembly to ensure the blockade of the 2014 Appropriation
Act, the confirmation of the service chiefs and ministerial nominees
until impunity allegedly being perpetrated by the People's Democratic
Party (PDP)-led government stopped.

   The statement read out to reporters by the party's Interim National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also directed its members
across the country to resort to self-help if the impunity persisted.

  The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has described the directives by
the APC's as a direct call for anarchy and a vindication of its
(PDP's) earlier position that the APC is out to destroy the
institution of democracy and the unity of the nation.

  PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said last night
that with the anti-people directives, Nigerians could now see that the
PDP was not crying wolf when it alerted that the APC did not mean well
for the nation.

  The PDP said: "In asking that service chiefs should not be confirmed
by the Senate, the APC has revealed its devilish plot to undermine the
nation's security system, create a state of anarchy and pave the way
to unleash mayhem on the people."

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