by Paul Osas
The Governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has filed for an interlocutory injunction to stop plans by the Peoples Democratic Party in the state to commence a performance evaluation of political office holders elected on the platform of PDP in the state.
The Felix Obuah led state PDP executive, which is fiercely opposed to the governor, had inaugurated a Performance Evaluation Committee to look into the performance of office holders elected on the platform of the PDP in the state.
Emenike Ebite, Amaechi’s lawyer, said the PDP lacks the constitutional power to carry out an oversight function on democratically elected public officers.
Emenike said, “They want to carry out oversight functions on political office holders. It is not in our constitution. It is not in the 1999 constitution as amended. That is why the parties have approached the court and they’ve prayed the court to stop the process from going on”.
Justice Godpower Opruma of the Port Harcourt High court adjourned the hearing till the 4th of July, 2013, when he’ll listen to the motion of interlocutory injunction.
Parties in the summon filed by Governor Amaechi include Senator Magnus Abe, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan Amakiri, as well as the Chairman of Port Harcourt Local government council, Chimbiko Akarolo.