The All Progressives Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, has called for the arrest and prosecution of the Speaker, State House of Assembly, Kombowei Benson, for disobeying Appeal Court ruling nullifying his election.
It also condemned the Peoples Democratic Party-dominated state House of Assembly for allegedly aiding and abetting illegality within its fold.
The APC noted that it was “undemocratic and dishonourable” for the House to have allowed its Speaker, Mr. Kombowei Benson, whose election was nullified by the Court of Appeal, to remain in office, over 40 days after the court’s ruling.
The APC, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Panebi Fortune, said it was irresponsible, ironical and unacceptable for a law-making House to treat the sacred pronouncement of the third arm of government with disdain.
The party said it took public outcries and efforts of whistleblowers, including the legal team of the state APC, to unearth the illegality perpetrated in the House.
It called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Speaker for contempt, adding that Benson should be convicted and committed to prison for disobeying court order.
The party also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission to investigate the illegal financial dealings of Benson within the period he disobeyed the court order.
The APC said the anti-graft agencies should arrest Benson to account for December and January salaries and allowances he collected including other disbursements he made against the provisions of the constitution.