A formermemberof the House of Representatives, Hon. Chiedu Eluemunoh, has made a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, to direct immediate reopening of the Anambra State House of Assembly complex to allow lawmakers unhindered access to the chamber.
Anambra State Police Command had, on 16th November, announced the sealing of the House of Assembly complex, ostensibly to forestall violence occasioned by the removal of Mrs. Rita Mmaduagwu as Speaker, and the emergence of Mr. Ikem Uzoezie.
However, Eluemunoh, who is the All Progressives Congress’ House of Representatives candidate for Oyi/Ayamelum Federal Constituency of Anambra State in next year’s election, urged President Buhari, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Anambra State Command, as well as the state Director, Department of State Services, to reopen the Assembly’s complex.
According to him, it was the duty of members of the House of Assembly to decide who leads them. “It’s a very simple thing; it’s a legislative procedure. It’s a parliamentary issue. Normally, when Speakers don’t do well, you remove them. It is a parliamentary matter.
“The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker was in plenary, and a vote of no confidence was moved against the speaker… Out of 22 (members), 20 voted and 2 abstained. The speaker was removed, she accepted her removal. “I’m appealing to Mr. President to order the Anambra State Police Command, to lift the siege at the Assembly, so that the new speaker can do his work. The Speaker has been elected; it’s a parliamentary thing. He has been elected with popular votes; he should be allowed to do his work.”