Enugu - The Speaker of the Enugu State
House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, has described his purported impeachment by
the nine-man faction of the lawmakers as legislative recklessness and impunity.
Odo said on Monday that he
was still the speaker of the assembly.
He noted that the action of the Chinedu Nwamba group was
illegal, unknown to law and unknown to democracy.
"The status quo remains. I am still the speaker. It is only
two-thirds of the 24 lawmakers that can impeach or suspend the speaker and only
eight of them cannot suspend or impeach the speaker.
"It is true that they formed a quorum but a quorum cannot
impeach the speaker,’’ Odo said.
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He said he was being persecuted for not signing a forged
supplementary appropriation for 2012 which the governor allegedly wanted him
and the clerk of the assembly to sign in 2015.
Odo claimed that the document had no records in the
proceedings of the assembly.
The speaker said that the crisis started when the lawmakers
declined to sign the N11 billion loan sought by the governor less than 60 days
to the end of his tenure.
"The governor surreptuously called some members and gave
them N2 million each to impeach the speaker,’’ he alleged.
According to him, one of the lawmakers who felt that the
impeachment was against his conscience pulled out, leaving only eight of them.
The speaker said that the assembly would resume its plenary
session on Tuesday.