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Speakers’ Impeachment: Niger, Enugu States’ Crises Deepen

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 2:42 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinwendu Nnadozie (Minna) and Emmanuel Nzomiwu, (Abuja)

The crisss in Niger and Enugu states deepened on Wednesday as factions in the two states’ House of Assembly extended their battles.

In Niger State, a mild drama ensued again at the  state House of Assembly as the new Speaker, Isah Kawu, representing Bida (1), alongside 20 other legislators were ordered out of Assembly complex early Wednesday morning.

Sealing the complex is coming barely 24 hours after the emergence of two speakers; the incumbent,  Adamu Usman, who was allegedly impeached and Kawu being sworn-in as the new Speaker, who was barred from gaining access into the assembly complex.

The emerging scenario is coming against the insistence of  Usman that he remains in-charge, describing the Isah Kawu-led group as ‘illegal’, and his purported impeachment ‘null and void and of no effect’.

“Since January 2015, we have never received overhead cost because of problems associated with federation account. Everybody is aware. I do not control finance, as it comes I disburse. So, the impeachment beats my imagination,” he revealed.

Usman who had served as commissioner for Justice said he is happy that the group did not accuse them of any financial mismanagement. He said. “Whatever you see today is illegal because the Mace is under my custody and so whatever decision they are taking is illegal”.

“I as the Speaker; my deputy Abdulraham Bala Gambo, the Chief Whip Abdullahi Lawal and the Majority Leader, Haruna Labaram are still in charge. There are grudges that government had not done anything to them as expected and we are making efforts to see what we can do about it only to hear that they carried out an impeachment against us without any offence”.

The Police and other security agents to avoid breakdown of law and order had sealed the complex preventing both entry and exit especially the Assembly workers as they shot tear gas to scare away everyone from within and around the vicinity.

In Enugu State, a group known as Enugu State Development Association (ESDA) has rejected the impeachment of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Eugene Odo, by a minority group of eight lawmakers.

In a statement by its spokesman, Adonys Igwe, the group described the Speaker’s removal as “illegal and an abuse of court process”.

Igwe further expressed the hope that peace would be allowed to prevail in Enugu State.

The ESDA spokesman called on Governor Sullivan Chime to retrace his steps immediately on the borrowing of the sum of N11 billion less than one month from the termination of his term of office on 28th of May, 2015.

He also advised the governor to desist from unlawfully allocating plots of land in the International Conference Centre (ICC) and House of Assembly Compplex.

Igwe also called on the Governor to retrace his steps on unlawfully granting to an unknown company without any due process, the right to take over the functions of Enugu State Water Corporation for 25 years and allocating the Industrial Estate along Zik Avenue (30 Zik Avenue) to known and unknown persons without due process.

“We urge the Governor to act in a manner that every reasonable person will not take him as a person who betrayed the confidence reposed in him and would not want the incoming Governor-elect to succeed” Igwe said.

He expressed regrets that Enugu State is today the highest debtor in the five South-East states of Nigeria.