By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€”The plot to impeach the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly and his Deputy, Chief Anayo Nebe and Afam Obi respectively, weekend took a turn for the worse, as a group of lawmakers numbering 20 have started collecting signatures to actualize their plan, irrespective of alleged government interference last Thursday,Â for them to soft pedal on their action.
Speaking to Vanguard after a meeting of the group, the arrow head of the impeachment plot, Mr Gabriel Onyeweife representing AnambraÂ Ayamelum state constituency, said the issue of impeachment was a constitutional matter.
This followed a protest to the House of Assembly, last week by a group of people from Ayamelum Local Government Area led by one Tony Ifeanya, purported to have been sponsored by the Secretary to the State Government,Â dissociating themselves from the impeachment plot allegedly spear headed by their representative.
According to Onyeweife, the protesters were allegedly sponsored by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, who is from his place and who sees him as an obstacle to his governorship ambition in 2014, dismissing their action as a joke.
â€œNobody is planning for the impeachment of the Speaker. What the people are yearning for is that the marginalisation of their area should be put to a stop.â€
He said the crux of the matter was the inequitable distribution of key political positions in the state, such as the position of the Governor, Speaker and the Deputy Governor.
â€œWhat we want is that the political equation should be balanced. We are not after Anayo Nebe as a person but that the six principal officers of the House should be changed so that their will be a balance.â€
Continuing he said, â€œthe Governor and the Speaker are from Anambra central while the Deputy Governor is from the South senatorial zone. For us to have a balanced political equation, the North senatorial zone should have one of the key positions.
And since the Governor and the Deputy were elected, the only option is that the House should provide the solution.â€ He said the problem would be rectified any day the House raised 20 members that would correct the anomaly.