By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said, yesterday, that the issue of impeachment of Governor Peter Obi wasÂ never discussed at last weekâ€™s meeting of the partyâ€™s National Working Committee (NWC)Â withÂ members of the Anambra State House of Assembly in Abuja.
National leadership of the party had summoned the 30 PDP Anambra lawmakers to the partyâ€™s national secretariat and after the meeting, there were rumours that the party hierarchy had directed the lawmakers to begin impeachment proceedings against Governor Obi, as a way of whittling down his popularity ahead of the 2010 governorship election in the state.
But addressing newsmen in Awka after a meeting with state and local government chairmen of the party, the PDP national vice chairman,Â South East, Chief Olisa Metuh, said such an issue never came up for discussion, adding that there was no way the party could direct the lawmakers on how to carry out their functions.
â€œLet me tell you that in 2006, I opposed the impeachment of Governor Peter Obi. I was the only member of the national executive committee of PDP that flew down to Awka to announce that I was against the impeachment.
I believe that power comes from God. I donâ€™t participate in pulling people down. Whatever any man does, let him be answerable to his destiny and God and I will not tolerate any man blackmailing me or using me as a diversion.
â€œIf the Anambra House of Assembly feels that the Governor has done anything wrong, it is left to the Governor to answer to whatever charges and reassure them that he is not guilty of any wrong doing.
The issue of impeachment of the Governor was not discussed at the meeting in Abuja. The House of Assembly has its laws on how they carry out their duties.
It is unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful for any person to interfere in the deliberations of the House made up of elected members. We have never done that in PDP and the National Working Committee never did that,” he said.