Why I was impeached — Abia Ex-Speaker

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Six days after being ousted from office, Martins Azubuike, the former Speaker, Abia House of Assembly, says his uprightness cost him the job.

Mr. Azubuike, who made the disclosure on Sunday at a reception by his community, Umunneato-Ngwa, said he was impeached because of not consenting to sharing of funds meant for projects.

He said instead: “I chose to deploy available funds to projects and not sharing it among members’’.

The reception was organised by Umunneato-Ngwa, a socio-cultural body.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group comprises three sister-local government areas of Osisioma Ngwa, Isiala Ngwa North and Isiala Ngwa South of the state.

He told the audience that he committed no impeachable offence but was removed because he did not accede to demands to share allocations to the house among the members.

Mr. Azubuike, revered by workers in the House of Assembly for his experience as a third-term legislator, listed the projects executed during his more than one year tenure as Speaker.

According to him, the projects include the completion of an office complex for the 24 legislators which was started in 2007.

Mr. Azubuike said other projects were the computerisation of the operations and a website for the Assembly to enable members track its activities from within and outside the complex.

He said he also procured vehicles for the members and two buses for committee assignments by members.

“These monetary achievements were the challenges I had with the members because I did not agree that the money should be put on the table to be shared by members,’’ Mr. Azubuike said.

He also reeled out a number of constituency projects he executed in his Isiala Ngwa North, to include the grading of roads in the area and bursary award to 100 students.

The former speaker said he organised free medical services for people of the area as well as schools competitions during which scholarships were awarded to the best students among other projects.

Mr. Azubuike said that at the inception of the sixth Assembly, his leadership articulated a roadmap for 2015/2019 on how to drive development in the state.

According to him, whatever the present administration of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has achieved from inception to date was as a result of the initiatives by the House under his watch.

He said since his emergence as Speaker, he supported the governor against the background that it was the first time a person of Ngwa extraction became governor since the creation of Abia.

Mr. Azubuike, however, expressed his readiness to continue to support the governor to ensure his success.

He also assured his people that he would continue to provide effective representation in the House.

“I am not going to take the back seat but I will take the front seat because I do not see anybody in the House that can do it better than I.’’

The former Speaker also thanked the organisers of the event and elders of the area for the honour done to him.

He said that he had been consoled by their solidarity and kind words which he hoped to cherish all his life.

Speaking with journalists, Mr. Azubuike said he was not served a notice of impeachment to enable him defend himself against the allegations.

Eminent politicians and leaders of the group, in their separate speeches, discredited the action of the legislators, describing their reasons for the impeachment as not only flimsy but untenable.

The Chairman of Isialangwa North, Ginger Onwusibe, said the reason adduced by the House for impeaching Mr. Azubuike was “to give a dog a bad name, in order to hang it’’.

“What happened to our brother is what a lot of people did not understand.

“He is not the final destination, we know the final destination and that is why we should stand united to defend our son, the governor, who we all struggled to enthrone.

“Ikpeazu represents the collective destiny of the Ukwa Ngwa people,’’ Mr. Onwusibe said.

He said many people thought the youth of the area would mobilise to block the Ngwa axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to protest Mr. Azubuike’s removal.

He said that they would not take any action that would undermine Mr. Ikpeazu’s administration.

“This administration is the one we all struggled to install. We cannot destroy the house we jointly built,’’ Mr. Onwusibe said.

The leader of the group, Emmanuel Adaelu, expressed utter disappointment that no legislator, including those from Ngwa ethnic nationality told him the sins Mr. Azubuike committed to warrant his removal.

“When I made phone calls, none of the legislators from our area could tell me what Azubuike did yet they all signed his impeachment notice,’’ Mr. Adaelu said.

Other speakers exonerated Mr. Azubuike of the allegations leveled against him.

They admonished him not to be demoralised by the action but to aspire to greater heights believing that “when one door closes, God will open another’’.

The leader, Nzuko Ohaneze Ukwa Ngwa, Saint-Moses Ogbonna, underscored the need for cohesion among the legislators from the area, saying there was strength in unity.

There was also a consensus among the people on the need for everybody to rally support for Ikpeazu’s administration.

The people also resolved to take actions to secure Ikpeazu’s second tenure, saying that Abia South Senatorial District must serve two terms like other districts.

Mr. Azubuike was impeached on Dec. 29, 2016 by 20 of the 24 legislators for alleged financial recklessness and autocratic leadership style among other allegations.

Other highlight of the event was a novelty match in which Isiala-Ngwa North defeated Isiala-Ngwa South 4-2.

(NAN)


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  • Grading of road an achievement of a speaker of state assembly?
    Nigeria is doom

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      See the reason we are where we are

  • sammyctu ode

    If all what the impeached speaker said are true then we are in deep trouble in Nigeria. Our politicians and civil servants all over the country are really evil vultures who have refused to change their ways. Until we start executing these corrupt people amongst us or Nigerians rise up with one voice against this deep cancer called corruption we are really doomed. By the way what is the business of states house of assemblies awarding contracts and executing projects? That’s what breed all these corrupt practices. Their principal and primary duties are to make good laws for the people and monitor or the so called oversight functions. They have no business executing projects. State governors can’t stop them anyway cos they too are corruption personified.

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  • Mamudu Ibrahim Kasim

    NA ROAD AND PROJECT BE SPEAKER WORK ABI NA LAW? YOU CAN SEE THE KIND OF REPS WE HAVE BOTH IN THE STATE AND FEDERAL. THEM NEVER IMPEACH AM SEE HIM EYE OKORO OLODO

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    MAKE HIM TELL US HOW MANY GOOD LAW HIM DON PASS AND SPONSOR. THIS REMIND ME OF FELA SONG, ”dortor we dey do like lawyer na suwegbe” THIS SPEAKER NA EZIGBO SUWEGBE

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  • thusspokez

    The reception was organised by Umunneato-Ngwa, a socio-cultural body.

    This man might well be a rogue and lying but it shouldn’t matter to this Umunneato-Ngwa outfit, they will support him anyway.

  • thusspokez

    Bare in mind that Mr. Azubuike is a legislator, and yet, he was spending money on “projects” as if he were a member of the executive or the state governor. It would be naive in Nigeria to think that this man was spending all these monies on his projects but not pocketing some of them.

    I would imagine that it was when his colleague found out that Chineke! he was ‘chopping’ alone and not sharing — as is traditional in Nigeria à la Dasuki –, that they moved to removed him.

    If the greedy Mr. Azubuike was not ‘eating’ alone but sharing with his colleagues, he would have had factions who support him and that would have made his impeachment difficult or impossible — instead, it was easy.

  • thusspokez

    He said many people thought the youth of the area would mobilise to block the Ngwa axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway to protest Mr. Azubuike’s removal.

    Tut tut tut! Isn’t it sad that Nigeria politicians see Nigerian youths only as ‘mobs-to-rent’ to cause trouble and even die for the hiring politician. This is instead of seeking to improve the lives of these youths.