June 18, 2009

Ebonyi Assembly suspends Nwugo for alleged misconducts

By Dennis Agbo

ABAKALIKI—Ebonyi State House of Assembly has suspended one of its member, Mr Iheanocha Nwugo, whose elder brother, Mr Chimere Nwugo is a strong member of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a labour leader.

Though the House in a unanimous decision said it  suspended Nwugo, who is the House Committee chairman on Ethics and Privileges, for what it alleged were dishonourable conducts, the House after the suspension, set up a three man committee to investigate the allegations, which it did not investigate before suspending Nwugo.

Reactions however, trailed Nwugo’s suspension, yesterday, with many political observers insisting that there are more than meets the eyes in the hurried suspension.

Many believe that the young Nwugo was merely a sacrificial lamb used to exert pressure on his elder brother, Chimere, who contested for Ebonyi South Senatorial seat but lost to Senator Anyim Ude and who presently is championing the state’s labour-wage disagreement with the administration of Chief Martin Elechi.

Speaker of the House, ChiefAustin Nwanwkagu, who ruled on the motion to suspend the member representing Ohaozara East Constituency, stated that Nwugo was being suspended for engaging in acts that were unbecoming of his status and alleged sundry disgraceful conducts, especially during public functions.

The Chairman of House Committee on Security and Special Duties, Mr Eni Chima, who moved the motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, while citing House Rules, said that Mr Nwugo did not adhere to attitudinal change policy of the state government.

Chima contended that such disgraceful conducts such as improper dressing, struggling over food and drinks at public functions, and inability to engage an official driver, when put together were un-parliamentary and did not represent the dignity of the House.