Tension has gripped the Imo State House of Assembly over an alleged impeachment plot by opposition members hatched against the Speaker of the House, Chiji Collins.
Findings revealed that the plot, may be carried out when the Assembly resumes sitting. The Imo State Assembly had been shut down, following the positive tests of some members to the virus.
Chiji however stated that he is not bothered by the plot, insisting that plotters were minority members that were not happy with the change of government in the State.
Chiji fingered the sacked governor of the State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha as the brain behind the plot. He alleged that Ihedioha was using the members from his sister constituency, Anyadike Nwosu from Ezinihitte Mbaise who is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)to try and destabilise the Imo Assembly.
Speaking, Collins Chiji stated “…do they know that this House is continuity from Ihedioha to Governor Hope Uzodinma. If he says the leadership has messed up then he is the problem.
He stated that he was speaker under Ihedioha, and they did a good job, which Chiji stated that Ihedioha confirmed.
“Is it because Anyadike, is coming in as a minority after his brother Ihedioha was removed by the Supreme Court? We know that some people will be jealous, you don’t know him until you give him a position but I promise you they cannot do anything, they are few minority who do not want to agree that the supreme court has given its verdict and we have only one governor now.”
However Anyadike Nwosu, has distanced Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha from the alleged plot against Chiji, stating that he(Anyadike) has not interacted with Ihedioha since his removal from office..
Anyadike insisted that the plot to destabilize the State Assembly, existed only in the mind of Speaker Collins Chiji.
He denied having any meeting sponsored by Ihedioha to remove Chiji, demanding Chiji to prove his allegations.
Ngozi Obiefule representing Isu/Njaba State constituency, who was also mentioned in the plot, denied any contact with Ihedioha.
According to Obiefule “For the past 14 days, I have been in my house on quarantine and I don’t think anybody will claim that he has seen me in anybody’s house, but if the Speaker thinks that he has done something that warrants his impeachment, he will be impeached and he will be asked to resign.”
Obiefule warned Chiji, to stop threatening and harassing members of the State Assembly.
He urged Speaker Collins Chiji to resign, if he feels he has commited any impeachable crime.