BREAKING: Impeachment gale hits Anambra *Speaker, Maduagwu, removed *No, she’s still in charge

By Nkiru Nwagbo, Awka on 13/11/2018

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The tempest of impeachment sweeping across the country, berthed in Anambra State on Monday, sweeping away Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rita Maduagwu, installing Ikemefune Uzoezie as a replacement.

Maduagwu, was removed for alleged incompetence, misappropriation of fund, inefficiency, financial complicity and gross abuse of office.

But, in a quick response, 10 of the 30-member assembly, reconvened to dismiss the impeachment, insisting that Maduagwu, representing Nnewi South I constituency remained the Speaker.

The impeachment was followed a motion moved by Uzoezie, a two-term member representing Aguata II constituency and seconded  by Onyebuchi Offor of Ekwusigo constituency.

Another motion was immediately moved thereafter by Benson Nwawulu nominating Uzoezie as new speaker and supported by Kingsley Iruba of Nnewi South I.

The roll call at the Monday sitting, which had Deputy Speaker Harford Ikechukwu Oseke, Deputy Speaker, presiding, had 22 members in attendance.

The plenary, which was markedly rowdy, saw Uche Okafor of Ayamelum constituency, though unrecognised by the new Speaker, arguing fervently that the impeachment was not properly conducted.

Okafor said, for instance that Paschal Agbodike and Godwin Okafor who were reportedly included in the lists of those that impeached Maduagwu were not present, requesting the Clerk,  Pius Udoh to address the House as according to him, Uzoezie had no constitutional power to address the House as the Deputy Speaker.

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Udoh, who, however refused to swear in the new Speaker, said the impeachment did not follow due process, adding that those who carried it out, should present necessary document containing names and signatories of those in agreement the offences of the impeached speaker, and not by voice votes.

Thereafter, Paschal Agbodike, was to add another twist, when he came in to deny ever signing any impeachment document amidst the rowdiness.

As the heated argument continued, Uzoezie urged the majority leader, Victor Jideofor Okoye, to call a motion for adjournment which he did and which was supported by Offor.

In the process of the back and forth exchanges, the Uzoezie faction announced the suspension of Paschal Agbodike, Lawrence Ezeudu and Uche Okafor over what they termed rascality.

Uzoezie, told reporters after the incident that the reign of the former Speaker was characterised with highhandedness, docility, financial misappropriation and others, adding that they would be addressing the press in subsequent sittings starting from Thursday, when they would reconvene for the first sitting.

However, shortly after the impeachment saga, some member of Anambra State executive such as SSG Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief Ben Obi, State Commissioner for Information, C. Don Adinuba, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Obiano on House of Assembly maters, Chidozie Ezeugwa and others and combined team of security officers came into the complex.

Thereafter, Maduagwu flanked by 10 other members said she was not impeached, arguing that the assembly did not meet the required two-third majority, of the entire 30 members, which would have been 20 at plenary.

She claimed that she had 15 members on her side, while protesting that she was never served any notice by the members as required by lawa.

In fact, stressing that there was no impeachment notice served to her, she said she was actually in the complex, preparing to come down for normal plenary having finished an executive session with the members when the drama began.

Maduagwu, later led 11 other members to conduct another sitting, which commenced 3.38 pm, after those who claimed to have removed her, had left.

Udoh, explaining why he did not swear in Uzoezie as substantive speaker when his faction told him to do so, said the impeachment was not properly conducted and therefore null and void.





Posted on November, 13 2018

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