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Abia, Imo Assemblies in face-off

By Anayo OKOLI, Umuahia
A big face-off is brewing between Abia state House of Assembly and Imo state House of Assembly over the warrant of arrest issued to the immediate governor of Abia state, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu by the Imo House over allegations Orji made against the governor of Imo state, Chief Ikedi Ohakim.

Imo House of Assembly had issued a warrant of arrest on the former governor for his alleged failure to appear before the House to substantiate allegations against governor Ohakim.

But Abia House of Assembly has faulted the action of Imo House and threw its weight behind the former governor not to appear before the House. Abia House also called on the Inspector-General of Police to regard the order made by Imo House as illegal.

In its resolution after sitting last Tuesday, Abia House said:

*From the available facts and circumstance, the Imo State House of Assembly  acted ultra vires and in bad faith, when it purported to  investigate the Imo State Governor based on a newspaper  publication but ended up with issuing a purported warrant of  arrest against Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, a purported witness, who  did not at any time petition the Imo State of Assembly.

*The Imo State House of Assembly should forthwith refrain from carrying on or  purporting to carry on or pass any resolution which will in  any manner whatsoever affect Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu in the  purported investigation of the Governor of Imo State.

*If the Imo State  House of Assembly is interested in mediating in the well  known and publicized conflict between Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and Chief Ikedi Ohakim  two eminent sons of Igbo land from sister States of Imo and Abia, they should do so with a view to reconciling both parties instead of worsening the conflict.

*Ohaneze Ndi Igbo should advise the Imo State House of Assembly to refrain  from conducting its activities in such a manner that may stir up embers of discord or hatred amongst eminent Igbo sons and respected citizens of Nigeria like Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu and others.

*The Inspector-General of Police is to note that the purported warrant of  arrest issued against Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu is null and void having been made ultra vires, in bad faith and with dubious intentions by the Imo State House of Assembly not to turn themselves into prosecutor, Judge, Jury and Executioner under the pretext of exercise of the restricted power contained ins Section 128 and Section 129 of the 1999Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


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