*Accused Gov of Constitutional breaches, Assembly of indolence, gross misconduct
Anambra state PDP has called on the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano and Speaker to resign his office for incompetence and breach of stated sections of the Constitution.
The two culprits, Obiano and Maduagwu
The Anambra state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the state governor Chief Willie Obiano to resign his office for incompetence, breach of stated sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Also charged to resign immediately was the Speaker of the State Assembly, Mrs Rita Maduagwu for alleged incompetence, gross misconduct and negligence of duty.
In a 10-page address read at the end of the 2016 maiden state Executive Committee meeting of the party by the chairman, Prince (Dr) Ken Emeakayi, copy of which was made available to The Authority, Emeakayi also accused the State Assembly of allowing itself to be continually used as the state executive’s “rubber stamp….to the present status of collapsed arm of government in the state…”
Emeakayi in the dossier outlined the ‘sins’ of Obiano, including the governor’s failure to conduct council election to replace the outgoing elected officers whose tenure expires on Jan 14, 2016. And his reported moves to replace the elected officers with appointed Caretaker committee comprised of new faces or to have the tenure of the outgoing officers extended.
Quoting the amended Local Government Law of Anambra State 1999, Sec 64, the PDP chairman described the totality of the move and inability to conduct the council election as illegal and unconstitutional and an affront to democratic systems and the rule of law hence will be resisted with the strongest resistance.
The party also frowned at the State Assembly for looking the other way while the intense controversy over the actual amount former gov Peter Obi handed over to Obiano raged; while the Obiano administration allegedly squandered more than N250million on tour of 21 councils of the state.
Emeakayi therefore demanded the immediate resignation of the governor and the Speaker, while the House of Assembly was charged to shape up or be chased out too.
The PDP according to Emeakayi would as from Jan 14 lead all lovers of democracy in the state to embark on a non-stop protest match and demonstration all over the state “until the right thing is done”
The chairman also reassured that the party will participate in the coming repeat election to choose the senator to represent Anambra Central; and that Sen Uche Ekwunife will participate fully so long as she was keen and interested. He urged all to discard all forms of rumours from people he saw as detractors.
When the Anambra state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Dr (Mrs) Uju Nwogu said that the issue of controversy over the amount left behind by the former governor Peter Obi has been openly and satisfactorily clarified by all concerned.
She confirmed that no one was left in doubt that the initial negative comments over the amount were stoked by the enemies of the state and political jobbers. She therefore wondered why the PDP want to re-open the closed issue.
On the issue of plans to install handpicked Caretaker committees in the 21 councils of the state instead of conducting election to choose officers to replace the incumbent officers whose tenure runs out on Jan 14, Dr Nwogu noted that doing so does not mean there be no election, Or that they would stay forever.
Also that there was no law that insisted there cannot be a stop gap plans if and when conditions to immediately organize elections were not conducive in any way.
The Commissioner also said that the strike by the judiciary workers has since been called off after a satisfactory agreement was entered into by the both sides. She emphasized that all the workers have been at their desks since.
She pointed out that negotiations had been going on all along that the action lasted, until the agreement was eventually sealed.
Nwogu described the attack on the state Assembly and its Speaker as unfortunate. She said the Assembly remains an active and independent arm of the state administration. That the honourable members were found capable and worthy by their respective constituents, hence their choice.
She described them as active and alive to their responsibilities and have never been found wanting in any way at all.
From Chuks Collins, Awka