*He committed crimes, should face court process
*Dogara breached Oath of office
Hon Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe may be swimming in a dirty, murky and deep waters that may drown his political career. Former member of the House of Representatives and Executive Secretary of the Legislative Watch, Hon Ngozika Ihuoma, has dragged him, alongside the Speaker to the Attorney General to be prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
In a six-page document, Ihuoma titled his letter “Re: Continued Violation of Provisions of 1999 Constitution (As Amended) By (A) Hon. Rapheal Nnanna Igbokwe, Former Member, Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency, National Assembly; And (B) Hon. Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.”
Igbokwe who represents Ahiazu/Ezinihitte federal constituency of Imo state is reported to have resigned from the PDP, never proceeded to another party for one year, and while in the limbo was ‘impersonating’ the PDP before he eventually joined ruling party, APC.
Ihuoma asserted “our attention has been drawn to publication in the Nation, Wednesday, 20th December, 2017 news Page 5 with caption: PDP members walk out of plenary as Rep. defects to APC; Lawmakers threaten to sue Dogara.
He continued “we have observed from the contents of the letter written by the former member representing Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency, Hon. Rapheal Nnanna Igbokwe to the Speaker of House of Representatives, read at the plenary on Tuesday, 19th December, 2017, as so many Constitutional breaches have occurred which your Office must stand to correct in the interest of Justice;
We have noted that Section 68(1) says “A member of the Senate or of House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if: –
Any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;
“Without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House he is a member for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days which the House meets in any one year;
“Being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected:
- Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored;
- The President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, shall give effect to the provisions of subsection (1) of this Section, so however that the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives or a member shall first present evidence satisfactory to the House concerned that any of the provisions of that subsection has become applicable in respect of that member.
“Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which says “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Senate or the House of Representatives shall have power to regulate its own procedure, including the procedure for summoning and recess of the House”.
“Section 57: “Any person who sits or votes in the Senate or the House of Representatives knowing or having reasonable grounds for knowing that he is not entitled to do so commits an offence and is liable on conviction to such punishment as shall be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly”.
“Section 65(2): A person shall be qualified for election under subsection (1) of this Section if: –
- (b) he is a member of a political party and he is sponsored by that party.
“Section 67 (3) Nothing in this Section shall enable any person who is not a member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives to vote in that House or in any of its Committees.
“Section 221: No association, other than a political party, shall canvass for any candidate at any election or contribute to the funds of any political party or to the election expenses of any candidate at an election.
“Seventh Schedule: Oath of membership of the National Assembly/Oath of Allegiance.