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Protesters stall alleged plot to sack Anambra Speaker

By Vincent Ujumadu

 AWKA—THERE was a near pandemonium on the premises of the Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday, when hundreds of placard–carrying demonstrators from Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state, stormed the House to abort what they alleged was an attempt to remove the Speaker of the House, Chief Anayo Nebe.

 The Speaker,  however,  said he was not aware of any move to impeach him, adding that as far as he was concerned, there was no problem in the House.

 Leader of the group, Mr. Tony Ifeanya, pointed accusing fingers at the member representing the area in the House, Mr. Gabriel Onyenweife, adding that information reaching them revealed that he was the arrowhead in the plan to remove the Speaker.

 Some of the placards displayed by the demonstrators read, “We disown Onyenwife for plotting against Nebe,” “Onyenwife is very selfish” and “The Speaker is God sent for Anambra people.”

According to Ifeanya, the people of Ayamelum decided to come to Awka to assure the Speaker that the people of the area were not in support of what their representative was planning.

 “We are here to tell the Speaker that we are with him. We are not happy with what we are hearing, that some lawmakers led by our representative were planning to remove the Speaker,” he said.

As the people were still chanting solidarity songs in support of the Speaker, Onyenwife drove out and stopped to greet his people, only for most of them to rush towards him in an attempt to manhandle him, which prompted him to rush into his car and drove off.

 As Onyenwife was driving out, the Speaker alighted from his car and addressed journalists, saying that he was not aware of any attempt to remove him.

 “The removal of the Speaker is a constitutional thing, but I am not even aware that anybody wants to remove me. I have just presided over the plenary and it was very peaceful. As at today, I remain the Speaker and by God’s grace, I will preside over the sitting of the House next Tuesday which is the adjourned date,” Nebe said.


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