BY Emma Amaize
WARRI – SPEAKER of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Victor Ochei, weekend, said he had no plan to rework the House Rules on impeachment in a bid to extend his tenure.
He spoke to Vanguard, against the background of allegation that there was an impeachment plot against him because of his underground plot, saying he knew those spreading the unfounded rumour.
He said: “You can speak to members of the House to get the true picture of things. I cannot be part of anything that is unconstitutional.”
A source close to the House had alleged that the impeachment plot was thickening against the Speaker because of his secret meeting with nine members of the House after plenary was adjourned to June 27, last week, to amend the impeachment procedure, which stipulated 2/3 simple majority to the effect that members must serve a two-week notice in writing on the erring officer about his offences for him/her to respond.
But the Majority Leader of the House, Mr Monday Igbuya, supported Ochie’s position, saying “I can tell you authoritatively that Mr. Speaker has no plan to change the House Rules to make his removal from office difficult as you have been erroneously told. It is not correct and there is also no plot by members to impeach him.”
“What I can tell you is that our rules are being modified. For those who are peddling the allegation that Ochei wants to change the rules to make impeachment of the Speaker difficult, is he going to remain perpetually as Speaker of this House, when he leaves office, what happens, are the rules going to be changed again. As I told you, it is not true.”