The Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the state House of Assembly of being an appendage of Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
The party added that the suspension of a member of the assembly representing Kontagora I Constituency, Muhammad Nuradeen Umar, was doing the governor's bidding.
The APC said Umar was suspended when he was not given fair-hearing.
According to a statement signed by the party 's Publicity Secretary, Jonathan Vatsa, and made available to THISDAY in Minna yesterday, it stated that the action of the assembly had further confirmed to the people of the state that the members had been reduced to mere rubber-stamps who are serving the interest of the executive.
The statement further stated that "the assembly would not have acted with the swiftness it did if Aliyu‘s interests were not touched in the said interview granted by Umar.
Our party considered and supported the fact as clearly stated by the member that Governor Aliyu’s big projects were on paper. Let the members search their conscience and they will know that what has been going on in the state is nothing but deception."
The APC accused the state assembly of closing its eyes to the recklessness of the executive.
"We have witnessed instances where money was appropriated for a project and the fund released but the projects were not executed. Examples of these were when N500 million was paid out for a five -star hotel and the work was not done. The only explanation we got was some lame excuses from the governor that the owner of the company that suppose to do the work had an accident.
"Money were released in various Memorandum of Understandings MoU of Private Public Partnerships (PPP) projects signed by the executive still non of the projects saw the light of the day.
The statement also accused members of the assembly of building hotels rather than protect the interests of the electorate who voted them into office.
"We have the records. The members may prefer building hotels and guess inns all over Minna than protecting the rights of the down trodden members of the state, as the state resources were digitally pilfered.
“The whole situation is suspicious because the assembly hurriedly suspended Umar without hearing from him. The assembly members being the representative of the people, and all equal representatives of the people should know that the members deserved the right to be heard before suspensions.”