By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State House of Assembly yesterday began a probe into all the financial dealings of Governor Martin Elechi to unravel alleged cases of corruption currently rocking his administration.
The House which noted with dismay the level of corrupt practices being perpetuated by top state and local government officials, summoned the state Accountant-General, Mr. Edwin Igbele, Commissioners for Finance and Economic Development, Chief Timothy Odaah, Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Celestine Nwali, and state Auditor-General, Barr Boniface Ezeagu.
Also summoned to appear during the next plenary, were Heads of Personnel Management and Treasurers of the 13 local government areas of the state
The House further threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on any government official who failed to appear.
As part of its resolution, the House declared vacant the seats of members who decamped to another political party for 2015 general election.
Those affected were Helen Nwobashi, who represents Abakaliki South state constituency; Eni Uduma, Afikpo South West constituency; Mabel Aleke, Ohaukwu South; and Sam Nwali, Ikwo North.
Reacting to the declaration by the state House of Assembly, the four affected members, represented by Eni Uduma, argued that the resolution of the House was illegal, unconstitutional and an effort in futility.
“The resolution of the House today has declared the end of the 4th House Assembly because with those allegedly affected, the House can no longer seat constitutionally as it contravened section 91 of the 1999 constitution as amended,” he said.