Abuja - A political pressure group has condemned the suspension of the inauguration of the Abia State House of Assembly as illegal and a breach of the constitution.
It was announced the inauguration had been deferred because Independent National Electoral Commission had not declared the Isiala Ngwa South House of Assembly seat winner.
The Director of Media and Publicity of the Save Abia Now, Kelechi Nkworie, described the suspension as illegal and a calculated attempt by the newly-elected Governor to “cow” the House.
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“Suspending the House inauguration by Dr Okezie Ikpeazu will give him the leverage to run the state as a family and private ventures following the footstep of his predecessor who during his tenure the House of Assembly was just an appendages and rubberstamp of the Governor,” said Nkworie.
“What is happening is unconstitutional, the House has the required quorum of 23 members, the Governor has no discretion on this matter, sections 90, 91 and 105(3) of the 1999 Constitution, and this is very unconstitutional and should not stand at all,” added Nkworie said.
He alleged that less than a week in office, Ikpeazu has committed two impeachable offences.
“The first is the award of contracts without due process and budgetary provisions, and the second the suspension of the inauguration of the fifth Assembly.”
- CAJ News