The impeachment saga in the Anambra state House of Assembly yesterday took a turn for the worse when a cross section of stakeholders, elder statesmen and politicians called on the Speaker, Mrs Rita Maduagwu to resign on the grounds that she was unpopular.
One of the stakeholders and a constitutional lawyer, Mr Clems Ezika in an exclusive interview with Vanguard said the speaker had become unpopular amongst her colleagues for them to have made seven attempts to impeach her which she survived by the intervention of Governor Obiano
“ The procedure is that when the speaker loses the confidence of her members, she should resign as speaker. The retention of the mace amounts to the usurpation of the legislative functions of the lawmakers”.
Faulting the text messages the speaker sent to members that plenary was cancelled last Tuesday, Ezika described it as not only an insult on the members but that it jeopardized both legislative and executive businesses thereby stalling economic development in the state.
“ l want to say that if she refuses to return the mace and refuses to reconvene the House, the lawmakers can reconvene the House with another mace. Afterall, mace is mace. When the late senate president, Senator Chuba Okadigbo ran to Ogbunike with the senate mace when he was to be impeached, another mace was made by the senate and he was impeached without the mace he ran away with”.
However, he advised the lawmakers to carry out all their legislative businesses within the Assembly complex and not in a hotel room to make their actions lawful.
A stalwart in the All Progressive Congress, APC, chief Denis Ngene said the present political quagmire in the state arising from the crisis in the state House of Assembly amounted to the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA government declaring a state of emergency on itself.