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Ebonyi government backs new speaker

12 November 2014, 13:19

Abakaliki - The Ebonyi Government on Tuesday said it recognised Blaise Orji as the authentic Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Dr Ifeanyi Ike, the Supervising Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, stated this at a news conference in Abakaliki.

He said government recognised the faction led by the former Deputy Speaker, adding that the legislators communicated the impeachment of the former Speaker to the government.

The House was embroiled in another round of crisis on Monday when the Orji-led faction impeached the Speaker, Chukwuma Nwazunku .

However, the Nwazunku-led group affirmed their support for him and declared a recess.

Nwazunku was earlier impeached by some lawmakers in July but it was resisted by the state government and the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Also read: Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly impeached

"Sixteen members of the House sat and impeached Nwazunku. In the executive, we believe it is purely the business of the House.

"The fact is that 2/3 of the 24 members effected the leadership change. We advise all those seeking political positions to follow the laid down rules.

"We call on the people to shun violence, politics of bitterness, rancour and acrimony, as well as distance themselves from acts capable of affecting the peace of the state”, he said.

The Commissioner also said that no PDP local government delegates congress was held in the state on Nov.8, contrary to some reports in the media.

"This fact was further explained to the press by Chairman of the party in state, Ben Akpa, and that it does not have a parallel or acting chairman.

"The people should therefore discountenance the purported publication or news item on the radio or television by Joseph Onwe, who claims to be the acting state party chairman.

"The state government would not fold its hands and watch little peace-abhorring individuals destabilise the much-earned peace in the state”, he said.

Youth groups in the state gathered in Abakaliki on Tuesday to declare support for Governor Elechi and Orji as new Speaker.


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