The crisis rocking Imo State House of Assembly has reached it’s crescendo as plain by majority members of the State Assembly to impeach the Speaker, Rt Hon Acho and subsequently the Governor Rochas Okorocha has boomeranged, according to sources in Owerri.
Our sources disclosed that members of the state Assembly who were visibly angry with the Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and the Speaker Rt Hon Acho Ihim had boycotted last week budget presentation and avoided completely the 50th birthday anniversary of the wife of the Governor.
The House had reconvened to slam indefinite suspension on the Clerk of the House, Chief Chris Duru for insubordination and total lack of confidence, in a motion sponsored by Majority Leader and member representing Owerri Municipal Council, Hon Lugard Osuji of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and supported by 22 members out of the 27 lawmakers. The suspension, which according to sources, was targeted to pave way for the impeachment of both Governor Rochas Okorocha and Speaker Hon. Acho Ihim, with the former accused of embezzlement, executive recklessness, lack of accountability and probity.
A member of the State House who spoke on grounds of anonymity, said; “you can’t imagine that while we are questioning what the Governor did with first trench of Paris Club Refund, another eight hundred and eighty million naira (N880m) had arrived for the past months, yet members of the state Assembly have been starved of fund while begging to eat and feed their families. Also the problem of Imo pensioners and civil servants who have been crying for the payment of their entitlement for months now, yet Governor looks the other way while his family smiles.”
The disappointed member accused few of their colleagues of :betraying their collective understanding and agreement, and shifting loyalty to the side of the Governor and speaker’
After overseeing the suspension of the Clerk, the Majority Leader, Hon. Lugard Igwe is under much pressure and had to resign due to intimidation and pressure from the camp of the Governor and Speaker.
The next to resign is the Deputy Majority Leader and Member Representing Obowo LGA, Barr. Kennedy Ibe and It has also been rumoured that hey have been suspended by the state chapter of All Progressives Congress APC, with their replacements in House already installed.