By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Twenty two out of the 27 members of the Imo Meeting have signed to begin impeachment course of in opposition to Speaker, Dr. Chiji Collins.
The proceedings, The Nation learnt, would begin instantly the Home reconvenes after the Meeting advanced was shut final two weeks over coronavirus scare.
It was gathered the 22 members have already requested the Speaker to resign honourably or face impeachment any second.
They’re additionally accusing him of greed and functioning as chairman of each committee of the Home.
They lamented every thing concerning the Home has been beginning and ending with the Speaker.
Member representing Oguta constituency, Frank Ugboma, mentioned: “The folks we symbolize, now see us as Alleluia boys of the chief arm simply because our Speaker kowtows to the bidding of the chief even on important problems with governance.
“That is a lot so that he’s now cowed to hold out oversight over govt misdeeds.
“Although, as a Home we collectively take duty for failure to face for our folks, lots of whom are civil servants and pensioners who’re owed salaries and pensions as much as 4 months arrears.
“I needn’t bore you with the latest street demonstration by our aged senior residents, in protest of their unpaid pensions.
“At varied instances, I’ve been inundated with calls and messages from lots of such owed authorities staff and retirees from my constituency. Many instances have I assured them, to no avail.
“Come to think about it, ought to I break the spirit of these my constituents (who come to hunt assist) with the information that I’m additionally owed salaries, whilst member of the Home of Meeting?
“Would they even imagine such unbelievable story? How would they even imagine, when the entrance web page of “Saturday Statesman” Newspaper has it boldly captioned that “NO MEMBER IS OWED” ascribing their supply as Imo Home of Meeting headed by Hon. Chiji Collins, Ph.d as Speaker.
“With such headlines within the papers and tabloid, I might be thought of a liar by my aides whom I informed that I’ve not obtained my salaries as a result of I pay them every time I’m paid.
“What of my quite a few constituents, allies and mates, who each day name me for monetary help however we’re informed to be affected person, till I’m paid salaries. They’d assume I’m mendacity and dribbling them with the story of non fee of salaries”.
On allegations by the Speaker that former Governor, Emeka Ihedioha was sponsoring his impeachment to get at Governor Hope Uzodimma, Ugboma described it as clearly empanelled lies by those that desperately search the Governor’s consideration.
“I imply, it’s a properly calculated crap to sacrifice the picture and the nice relationship present between the ninth Home and the Government Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma by hangers-on and blackmailers.
“They’re those that really feel and proceed to sacrifice colleagues and the ninth Home for a porrage of yam.
“It’s evident that somebody someplace is sinking very quick and now on a face saving episonage and feels that inflicting disharmony between the ninth Home and Senator Hope Uzodinma would rescue him from self destruction.”
When contacted, Media Assistant to the Speaker, Emeka Ahaneku, described the transfer as voice of the opposition whose curiosity was to get at Governor Uzodimma.
He mentioned nevertheless that these championing the transfer didn’t have the capability to question the Speaker as a result of few individuals who had joined them had made a turnaround for concern of being suspended by the Home on resumption.