- The impeachment rumours concerning the Imo state House of Assembly are false
- This is the position of the Imo state House of Assembly spokesman, Honourable Dominic Ezerioha
- Ezerioha said the allegations are false, baseless and unfounded
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Imo state House of Assembly lawmakers have dismissed reports of plans to impeach the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Chiji Collins.
The lawmakers made their stance known via the house committee chairman on information and judiciary, Hon. Dominic Ezerioha.
Speaking to journalists in Owerri, the Imo state capital on Tuesday, July 7, Ezerioha said there was no iota of truth in the rumour making the round.
He said the report which alleged that 22 members of the House had signed to impeach the Speaker of the state Assembly, was false, baseless, unfounded and a figment of the imagination of those making the allegations.
Ezerioha said the speaker has the majority of Imo lawmakers on his side, noting that no All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker has signed to impeach the Speaker, except the opposition lawmakers.
He said the opposition lawmakers had also taken to the media to insult, abuse and blackmail the governor of the state on the sensitive issue of salaries and pensions.
According to him, the leadership of the assembly has been working with the governor to ensure that all civil servants and pensioners are paid after verifications had been concluded by the state government.
He revealed that the 21 members of the ruling APC had resolved to give full support and backing to the administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma to enable it to succeed with its agenda to develop and bring prosperity to Imo citizens.
In the same vein, the spokesman of the Speaker, Emeka Ahaneku said the constitutional procedure for impeachment did not harbour media impeachment, stressing that members of the public would know if such would happen when the House resumes.
Ahaneku added that if there was going to be an impeachment, it would be done at the Assembly complex, noting however, that there was nothing like that for now.
He added that what is being played out is “corruption fighting back through those who are doing everything possible to destabilize the prosperity administration of Governor Hope Uzodinma for insisting that the right thing must be done for the state to move forward.”
Meanwhile, a former governorship candidate in Imo state and chieftain of the APC, Ugumba Uche Nwosu, blamed Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for instigating the recent crisis in the ruling party.
Nwosu, a son-in-law to former Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, accused the former APC national chairman of sidelining founding fathers of the party, especially in the southeast region.
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