By Vincent Ujumadu
AWAKA -Â THE last may not have been heard of the controversial N250 million allegedly intercepted from an aide of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State by the police in Lagos, as enormous pressure is being mounted on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- dominated Anambra State House of Assembly to commence impeachment against Obi over the matter.
Apparently not comfortable with the cordial relationship existing between Governor Obi and the House, the national leadership of the party has summoned the 30 lawmakers to Abuja for a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to drum it into their ears on the dangers of their continued hobnobbing with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)- controlled state government.
The letter addressed to the Speaker, Chief Anayo Nebe and signed by the national secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Kawa Baraje reads: â€œAt its meeting of 17th June, 2009, the National Working Committee reviewed the development in the PDP-controlled Anambra State House of Assembly and resolved that a meeting be held with all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly members.
â€œI therefore write to invite you to a crucial meeting with the National Working Committee on Thursday, 25th June, 2009 at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza , Abuja by 12 noon.
â€œKindly inform other members of the PDP caucus in Anambra House of Assembly.â€
Anambra State government officials believe that the real motive behind the invitation was to direct the lawmakers to impeach Obi by all means before the 2010 elections.
Though the House recently set up a three-member committee to investigate the allegation surrounding the N250 million, members appear to be sharply divided over the matter as some of the members insisted that there was nothing to use against the governor on the issue of N250 million.
Only recently, the National Vice Chairman of the party in charge of the South East, Chief Olisa Metuh visited the House and chided the members for cooperating with the governor.
He also directed them to either commence Obiâ€™s impeachment or move a motion asking the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state over the increasing rate of armed robbery and kidnapping, assuring them of the support of the Presidency on the matter.
They were also promised automatic tickets for the 2011 elections should they succeed in removing Obi.