By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia â€” THE Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Chief Agwu Agwu, has said members of the House do not take any form of bribe before clearing political office nominees sent by the governor for screening.
The Speaker, who spoke to journalists as part of activities to mark the third year of Abia House of Assembly under him, maintained that political office nominees are screened and those who qualified are cleared purely on merit.
Describing the allegation as â€œvery seriousâ€, Agwu challenged anybody to prove that the House approached or collected any form of bribe to clear him for any political appointment.
Agwu also disclosed that between now and next month, the timetable for local government elections would be out preparatory for the conduct of council elections in the state.
â€œWe donâ€™t collect money to clear nominees. Let me put it straight that no such thing happens here.
â€œIt is a very serious allegation. Nobody has come here to report. If anybody can prove that any member of this House demanded money from him or her, please let such a person come up and report to me,â€ Agwu said.
The Speaker also denied that House members were being owed salary, saying â€œwe are not being owed.â€
According to him, the peace that reigns in the House since he became Speaker is due to the maturity exhibited by members.
On the issue of constituency fund, Agwu said no member of the House collected any money in the name of constituency funds.