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Enugu Speaker’s Impeachment Illegal – Lawyer

Posted: May 8, 2015 at 7:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu,  Enugu


A lawyer, Mr Chidi Onah, has described the purported impeachment of Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, by a faction of eight legislators as an act of illegality.

Speaking to newsmen in Nsukka on Tuesday, Onah noted that in democracy minority could not be majority and as such, the purported impeachment of the Speaker by eight members of the House amounted to an illegality.
According to him, the impeachment of the Speaker was an illegality because eight members cannot impeach the Speaker in a House that has 24 members.

“Minority cannot be the majority. So, in my opinion, the Speaker can’t and has not been impeached,” he said.
On the impeachment notice to Governor Sullivan Chime by 14 members of the Assembly, the lawyer said it was belated as the legislators woke up too late having been rubber stamp lawmakers all this while.

“Today is May 5, 2015. And Chime has 24 days to go. The House cannot accomplish impeachment of Chime with 24 days.

“The exercise is a belated one. Enugu House of Assembly woke up too late. All this while it has been a rubber stamp legislature,” Onah said.

He urged Chime and security agents in the state to obey the rule of law by not preventing the majority House of Assembly members from sitting in the legislative chamber.

“The rule of law says the House of Assembly members have a right to sit. So, the Governor or security agents should not prevent members from sitting.

“I know the Governor may use his power to seal the premises of the Assembly in order to prevent 14 members and the Speaker from sitting,” he said.

Onah recalled that the misunderstanding between Chime and state Assembly started when the House refused to approve the N11 billion loan requested by the Governor three months ago.

He noted that some House members as well as residents of Enugu State had questioned the rationale of Chime requesting for N11 billion loan three months to the end of his administration and since then, the House and the Governor have been in a running battle.

“It appears the eight members supported the Governor on the N11 billion loan while the 14 and the Speaker are against it.

“To me, Chime requesting N11 billion loan three months to the end of his administration is unacceptable and questionable,” Onah stated.