Friday, 5 May 2017

Gov. Obiano sets Anambra state House of Assembly in a war path

By Okechukwu Onuegbu
Speaker Maduagwu: pictured by Okechukwu Onuegbu

Gov Obiano, Speaker Maduagwu and other members
By Okechukwu Onuegbu

There is no doubt that the once peaceful Anambra State House of Assembly has been caught in a Web of discord and wrangling since it returned from mandatory break necessitated by unsuccessful impeachment plot on the Speaker,  Rt Hon Rita Maduagwu. reports that the lawmakers who resumed plenary on Tuesday, 25 April sat between 5 minutes and adjourned to  27 April during which they did nothing as well.
Also, on May 2nd when they eventually reconvened only eleven House members surfaced in the Hallow chamber even though thirty of them were seen in the complex and even attended pre-assembly sitting.
Those seen in the floor of house were Honourables Onyebuch Offor (PDP-Ekwusigo),  Chugbo Enwezor (APGA-Onitsha north 1), Obinna Emenaka (APGA-Anambra East), Harford Oseke (APGA-Awka South 2), and Jideofor Okoye (APGA Anambra West).
Others were Romanus Ugochukwu (APGA-North),  Vivian Okadigbo (APGA-Oyi),  Somtochukwu Udeze (APGA-Ogbaru 2), Kingsley Iruba (APGA-Nnewi South 1), Fabian Ezenwunne (APGA-Idemili South) and the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu (Nnewi South2).
Nineteen others, reliably gathered were in the chamber when the House was to commence business of the day but left one after the day after glancing through the order paper.
What could be described as the true cause of their moving out of the plenary hall came to the fore some minutes later as the Speaker after listening to the majority leader,  Jideofor Okoye (APGA-Anambra West), who read the business of the day,  permitted the minority leader of the house and member representing Ekwusigo state constituency Hon.Onyebuchi Offor to present his motion.
Reading the motion, Offor urged the state governor, Willie Obiano to direct the Anambra State Waste Management Agency ( ASWAMA ) to as a matter of urgent public importance, evacuate the toxic waste at Ugwu-Oye market -St . Michael junction Ozubulu as it constitute health hazard, as well as obstruct free flow of vehicle and people along his constituent.
However, as soon as Speaker Maduagwu urged him to expatiate on the motion, and he began to speak,  Hon.  Emenaka sought a permission from the speaker to correct an information and it was granted.
He argued that the House members present were less than 1/3 to form a quorum or sit, and pleaded for an adjournment when he hoped they would be complete to deliberate on any matter.
According to him,  it was inappropriate and would amount to null and void for them to sit and take decision in such gathering of eleven lawmakers.
While some including the Speaker insisted that Onyebuchi should go ahead with the motion since most of their colleagues chose to vacate the assembly immediately the motion was mentioned, others supported Emenaka, and it was stepped down. reported that the plenary was adjourned immediately to May 11 even as the nineteen members that earlier worked out were seen discussing in groups of 4 to 5 members who witnessed the unsuccessful sitting.

Attempt to interview them were in vain as none of them including the booed minority leader agreed to speak.



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