By Victor Ahiuma-Young
THE leadership of DeltaÂ House of Assembly yesterday denied media report that the state House of Assembly had been polarized and that there were plots to impeach the principal officials of the House, saying the report was false and the House intact.
Reacting to alleged factionalisation of the House and disagreement caused by DESOPADEC largesse, the Speaker of the House posited that there was no iota of truth in the said publication as there was nothing like DESOPADEC largesse.
The Speaker in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Frank Whyte Osabohien, faulted the said report in its entirety.
The statement read in part:Â â€œThe attention of the Leadership of the Delta State House of Assembly has been drawn to newspaper publication of July 15, 2009 insinuating impeachment scare in the state Assembly over an alleged DESOPADEC largesse.
â€œFirst and foremost, the Leadership of the House wish to state that there is no iota of truth in the said publication. As the fourth Estate of the Realm, the state legislature receives its funds directly from the government and not any government department or agency as alleged by the report”.
â€œThe House leadership, therefore, views the report as an attempt by mischief makers to cause disharmony among members and distract the House from its constitutional mandate.
â€œBesides, Delta State House of Assembly is an independent arm of government that cannot be influenced to deviate from its constitutional responsibilities. There is no case of factionalisation asÂ insinuated in the report, as there is cordiality and harmony among members of the house.
â€œIt must be stated that the said report has fallen short of the ethical demand of journalism which makes it mandatory for journalists to cross check facts for the primary aim of balancing of report. â€œThe said report can, at best, be described as speculative and lacks all the ingredients of investigative journalism.
The public is advised to discountenance the report and look forward to a more purposeful and result oriented deliberation when the House resumes sitting at the end of the ongoing recess.â€