By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State House of Assembly has mandated Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State to reverse the appointment of permanent secretaries he made last Friday and auctioning of government property, including vehicles, to some selected members of the public.
According to the House, such appointments and sale of government properties were done in bad faith.
The House said it would further increase the debt burden of the state for the incoming administration of Engr Dave Umahi.
In a motion moved by Obasi Odefa and supported by Barr Frank Onwe, the House described the last minute action of the governor as an act of excessive lawlessness and unnecessary adventure by the present administration.
The House said should Governor Elechi refuse to reverse his action, the incoming government should not hesitate to do it without delay.
The House further called on Governor Elechi to also reverse the dismissal of the treasurer, Ezza South local government area of the state, Chief Vincent Nweke, who was sacked from office by the present administration for allegedly refusing to sign off N15 million without due process.
The House announced the appointment of Jerry Obasi as the new deputy speaker, following the declaration of the seat of the former deputy speaker, Blaize Orji, vacant.
Recall that the House had on February 11 declared three members’ seats vacant for defecting to Labour Party without any proof that there was crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on which platform they were elected.
Others affected include Ikechukwu Nwankwo, Eloy Ogbonna and Mrs Lilian Igwe (Ivo).
However, eight members’ seats have been declared vacant so far, including Orji, Oliver Nwachukwu; former House Majority, Sam Nwali (Ikwo North); Mabel Aleke (Ohaukwu South); former Speaker, Ikechukwu Nwankwo; Eni Uduma Chima (Afikpo South West); Helen Nwobashi (Abakaliki South); Ogbonna; and Lillian Igwe.
Meanwhile, a substantive Majority Leader, Ikechukwu Ogbu (Ishielu North), has been elected, while Chris Usulo (Ezza South) was elected the deputy leader.