The arrest order placed on Chief Orji Kalu by the Imo House of Assembly on the grounds that he failed to personally appear before it to defendÂ allegations he made against Governor Ikedi Ohakim has been described as an act of cowardice, orchestrated by Ohakim and ill- motivated.
The House had equally ordered the arrest of one Maximum Uba, who co-authored a petition to the lawmakers, in which they enumerated the allegations.
â€œThe action of the Imo lawmakers is ill-motivated and reflects a cowardly act by Governor Ohakim,â€ the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, national chairman, Mr. Larry Esin, said yesterday.
Esin argued, â€œif Ohakim had felt injured by the petition detailing the allegations against him by Chief Orji Kalu and Maximum Uba, rather than using the Imo lawmakers as subterfuge to get at Chief Kalu with a view to embarrassing them with the arrest order, he should have gone to court to seek redress, just like he had done in his failed attempt to justify another cowardly act of abdicating his commitment and social contract with the people of Imo, who elected him on the PPA platform.â€
Faulting the arrest order because Kalu did not appear before it, he pointed out, that â€œChief Kalu did send a counsel to appear on his behalf before the lawmakers as he was and is still out of the country.
â€œThe Imo House of Assembly acknowledged receipt of the letter explaining Chief Kaluâ€™s unavoidable absence from the lawyer, but still went ahead to issue a bench warrant for his arrest. This amounts to gross abuse of power.â€
The PPA asked the lawmakers to withdraw their bench warrant on Kalu as their function is to legislate and not persecute or prosecute.