The Imo State House of Assembly has declared that some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the state deserve recall for alleged misrepresentation, ineffectiveness and lack of leadership acumen.
The PDP lawmakers were accused of misleading the public through falsehood and unwholesome utterances following recent actions taken by the leadership of the House.
This was contained in a statement signed by the former House Committee Chairman on Information, Ethics and Privileges, Johnson Duru, on behalf of the House leadership.
While reacting to media report credited to the PDP caucus in the House, led by Minority Leader, Anyadike Nwosu, accusing the Speaker of going against the rules of the House in suspending some members, Duru said: “The action was constitutional and necessary to preserve peace, stability and ensure the progress of the legislative arm in the state.”x
He said: “It is disheartening to read on print media an insinuation by the PDP lawmakers that the Imo Speaker is acting Uzodimma’s script.
“If Uzodimma’s script is to ensure that the legislative arm has financial autonomy, then what is wrong in acting along with him? If Uzodimma’s script is to improve the welfare of civil servants, then why should lawmakers kick against such script?
“If Uzodimma’s script is to ensure that good and durable infrastructure are put in place in Imo State, then I concur with the PDP lawmakers. If Uzodimma’s script is to ensure that Imo is rescued, restored and restructured, then what is wrong in being part of that script?”
He continued: “However, if at the wake of insecurity in the state with banditry and unknown gunmen, a group of disgruntled lawmakers feel it is time to add to the almost state of anarchy, then we, as lawmakers, who have the interest of the state at heart will vehemently kick against that. Our duty is not to sink the state but to work hands-in-glove with the executive in matters of state emergency.
“The PDP lawmakers are not deserving to be lawmakers. A good number of them should be recalled by their constituents for reasons of ineptitude, truancy and lack of decorum.”
The former spokesman also lauded the Speaker, Paul Emeziem, for his proactive leadership, adding, “For the first time, since the inauguration of the 9th House, the House has enjoyed stability. Rt. Hon Paul Emeziem has stabilised the House and the House has achieved tremendous legislative scorecard.”