By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah
The Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) condemned the ongoing investigation of its spokesman Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere by a House of Representatives Committee created by the President, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The CUPP described the alleged investigation as an attempt to harass and intimidate the Nigerian opposition, as the opposition organized its action and put the government on alert.
Recall that the Chamber of Deputies issued a 72-hour ultimatum to CUPP spokesman Ugochinyere, to appear before him on the grounds that the Chamber was allegedly induced with $ 10 million to pass the Infectious Bill.
However, Kenneth Udeze, president of the CUPP Contact and Mobilization and National Alliance Action Alliance, at a press conference in Abuja, said that the attempt to suppress the opposition and expel it from the Nigerian media space will fail.
According to him, the events in the farce on Monday, May 18, 2020, were a clear attempt to intimidate the opposition and the media and ensure that they published only pro-news reports saying the military tried and failed.
He said that "we have reviewed our spokesman's statements, including all of his press statements and press conferences, and declared that they were all in line with the best international practices expected by the opposition and passed a vote of confidence on our spokesman. national Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.
“If the allegations were made directly against the Speaker, on what moral and statutory basis did he stand to form a Committee to investigate him?
Subsequently, the CUPP invited the speaker to step aside, together with his deputy, who is also a co-accuser of the CUPP, so that a neutral person would chair and establish a Committee.
“Our spokesman Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere will not attend the illegal, unconstitutional and disdainful session of his undemocratic committee led by the Hon. Henry Nwawuba.
“Our legal representatives will be sent again to remind you of a pending lawsuit in the Supreme Federal Court on the subject of your session in which the secretary of the Chamber of Deputies was served, the secretary of the National Assembly was served. and other relevant parties.
"They will also remind him that, under House rules, he should not remain seated, but where he insists on continuing, they have also been instructed to inform him that they would go against him with contempt," he added.