Thursday, 2 March 2017

Impeachment: Allegation against Obiano frivolous, says group


The Obiano Support Group has dismissed the allegation of constitutional breaches against Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra by the state chapter of Inter-Party Advisory Council.
IPAC had on February 24 issued a five-day ultimatum to the House of Assembly to commence an investigation of Obiano for alleged constitutional breaches.
Some of the breaches include non-conduct of council polls, and alleged plan to appoint Caretaker Committees for local governments.

The Chairman of the group, Chief Jude Emecheta, on Thursday, argued that IPAC did not have the locus-standi to issue such orders or threat as it was not a political party.
He accused IPAC of working with wrong information passed on to it by a faction of one the political parties in Anambra.
The APGA stalwart described as false allegations that Obiano was planning to appoint transition committees at the councils.
Emecheta urged members of IPAC to go back to their various parties and work toward the November 18 governorship election in the state rather than trying to cause confusion in Anambra.
He said, “The allegation by IPAC against Obiano is frivolous, unfounded and unfortunate; they are at best ‘busybodies’ seeking recognition.
“Governor Obiano has not breached any law known to us, they are alleging that he plans to appoint transition committees but that is not true, what the governor is planning are liaison officers and that does not stop the election at the council.
“As a matter of fact, neither Obiano nor APGA is afraid of the election. The governor is ready to conduct elections and we shall beat them as usual.
“IPAC is an advisory body, they are members of political parties, let them go to their parties and prepare for elections. It simply shows that they are afraid of confronting at the polls.”
Emecheta urged the House to ignore the impeachment order by IPAC and focus on deliberating and passing of bills that would serve the people of the state.
Meanwhile, the CATHOLIC Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos Archdiocese , Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, had never hidden his disdain for misconduct of political leaders as he had always criticised them, sometimes at great risk to his personal life. The fearless cleric has persistently admonished politicians to repent from their profane and sinful behaviours, which were at variance with the commandments of God. 

The retired Cardinal defended the success story being recorded in Anambra state was as a result of the good leadership of the state Governor , HE Willie Obiano .“For example, look at what Gov. Willie Obiano has been doing in Anambra State, but because some people know he is eligible to contest for a second term, they are now calling for his impeachment. You see Nigerians!” He frowned at the recent attempts by some Anambra citizens to instigate the state House of Assembly to impeach the governor as another election approaches pointing out that Nigerian politicians should play by the rules of engagement. This is my own view !”, Okogie further argued. He noted that the focus of those who were supposed to herald the gospel was on money and wealth which had given rise to pride. According to him, “Our heavenly father, when He was sending each and everyone of us to this world, didn’t send us empty handed. Every creature, human being especially was given talents right from our mother’s womb and in His infinite kindness directs it, otherwise you will not be what you are. Some people who think they know better than God, unfortunately try to jump into what God didn’t make them to be. “Let’s take Nigeria for instance, 2019 is coming, there will be election, those who are not meant for it will go into it. Why? Not to improve the nation, not for the glory of God, but because of money,” he stressed.

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