Enugu lawmakers serve Chime impeachment notice

By Post Nigeria May 4, 2015 08:53

Enugu lawmakers serve Chime impeachment notice

The impeachment notice saga in Enugu has been put down to a split Assembly. The 14-member faction of the Enugu State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Honourable Eugene Odo, has accused Governor Sullivan Chime of financial misconduct.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the Members, who sat in the early hours of Monday in the legislative chambers amidst tight security, alleged that the Governor manipulated the 2014 Appropriation Bill, amongst other impeachable offences.

They directed the Clerk, Christopher Chukwurah, to communicate their resolution to the Governor.

Meanwhile, the eight-man faction elected a new Speaker, Chinedu Nwamba of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, (Nsukka East) and a new leader, Donatus Uzogbado, also from PDP (Oji-River) and suspended Odo and seven others.

Those suspended include Chief John Anichukwu (PDP-Nkanu East); the Chief Whip, Mrs. Theresa Egbo (PDP-Enugu South Rural); the Leader, Sunday Ude-Okoye (PDP-Awgu North); and Okey Nwoke (PDP-Igboetiti West).

Others are Paul Ogbe (PDP-Enugu South Urban), Mrs. Chika Ene (PDP-Udi South) and Nze Micheal Onyeze.

The newly elected speaker, Nwamba, and his group of lawmakers, who held a session in the same chambers, recalled the Member representing Udi North Constituency, Johnbull Nwagu, who was unanimously suspended two weeks ago for making unguarded utterances.

The group also reversed an earlier motion that froze the accounts of the state basic education board as well as the directive that the Universal Basic Education Commission should stop further transactions with its Chairman, Ms. Nneka Onuorah.

The group described their initial motion as “legislative recklessness” as they are lawmakers and not law breakers.
“The house do hereby move that the freezing of the accounts of ESUBEB was erroneously done and of no consequence. This motion supersedes the earlier motion by the entire house” the lawmakers said.

Seconding the motion, Dr. Emeka Ogbuabor (PDP-Isi Uzor) noted that he had warned against the initial decision of the Assembly.

The group equally directed the clerk to communicate their decision accordingly and adjourned plenary indefinitely.

Addressing newsmen after the session, the new Speaker, Nwamba, said that the change in guard was necessitated by what he termed “selfish interest of the other faction.”

“We will not allow few persons to ridicule this institution due to some personal interests. We are not a party to the impeachment of the Governor.

“It will be unfair to allow a few people to ridicule the state due to interests. Governor Sullivan Chime is the best Governor in this country. We will work in cordial relationship with the incoming administration,’’ Nwamba said.

It remains unknown if the impeachment of the other group will stand, considering this new development.