Friday, 19 June 2015

Why Anambra State House of Assembly Abandoned Third Time Lawmakers and chose first, second timers as officials

Speaker Maduagwu;
The Anambra State House of Assembly which was recently inaugurated has formally elected other key officers to steer the affairs [post_ad] of the 6th Assembly, thereby sidelining Hon. Nikky Ugochukwu, a third term member and Uzoezie again.

The APGA dominated red chamber, it would be recalled, last week, picked Hon. Rita Maduagwu of Nnewi South 2 state Constituency to be her Speaker, while Hon. Harford Oseke of Awka 2 became her Deputy Speaker.

On its second sitting yesterday, Thursday, the Assembly further chose Hon. Jideofor Okoye of Anambra West and Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu of Dunukofia State Constituencies as Majority and Deputy Majority Leaders respectively.

Other principal officers of ANSHA elected were younger brother of Sir Emeka Offor, Hon. Onyebuchi Offor, PDP, Ekwusigo constituency, as Minority Leader; Hon. Beverly Ikpeazu, Chief Whip; while Hon. Chugbo Enwezor emerged as Chairman of the 6th Assembly Agenda.

Other 2 PDP from members Anaocha 1 and 2 were equally assigned portfolios.

This, analysts observed might be because Hon. Nikky Ugochukwu of Orumba South and Hon. Ikem Uzoezie of Aguata 1 constituencies, both APGA members who seemed to be most popular candidates were both rejected by the state government.
Hon. Ugochukwu, a third term member is allegedly close to the state former governor, Chief Peter Obi whose relationship with the incumbent government has been strained, even as Hon. Uzoezie’s mother, Dr. Ego Uzoezie, the former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development was brought to the government by same Peter Obi.

 Political analysts say that this might be to avoid impeachment of Gov. Obiano by either Obi's loyalists or that of Chief Victor, the former APGA National Chairman who relate to Uzoezie's as both are allegedly having issues with Obiano.

Meanwhile,the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu, while thanking members for maturity played at electing officials, however, implore them to submit their CV's with a view to ensuring that all would be accommodated at next sitting when they would inaugurate committee members.

However, as no member is complaining of the recent development, analysts observed that Rt. Hon. Maduagwu and third female lawmaker to occupy that exalted position in the hallow chamber after Hon. Eucharia Anazodo, now a member representing Aguata Federal Constituency at Federal House of Representative; and Rt. Hon. Chinwe Nwaebili of Ogbaru 2 constituency and newly appointed Anambra State Commissioner for Environment, still maintain cordial relationship with her colleagues.

Recalled that Speaker Maduagwu was nominated unopposed by Hon. Ikem Uzoezie, member representing Aguata 1 state constituency and seconded by Hon. Chugbo Enwezor of Onitsha North 1 Constituency; Hon. Oseke, who was the immediate past Majority Leader of the Assembly was equally nominated unopposed by Hon. Victor Jideofor Okoye of Anambra West state Constituency and seconded by Hon. Chris Emenaka, Anambra West State Constituency.

In her acceptance speech, the Speaker promised to ensure that the 6th Assembly which constitutes of 30 members of 18 new legislators and 12 re-elected members were partners in progress with both the executive and judiciary.



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