Mr Ikem Uzoezie, factional Speaker of Anambra House of Assembly (ANHA), has dismissed his suspension by the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as illegal and uninformed. Uzoezie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Friday that the leadership of APGA in Anambra did not follow the procedures in suspending party members.
It will be recalled that Chief Norbert Obi, Chairman of the party in the state, had on Nov. 15, announced the suspension of three lawmakers, including Uzoezie, the new speaker of the Assembly. Others were Mr Harford Oseke, the Deputy Speaker and Mr Victor Okoye, the Majority Leader of the Assembly.
The chairman said their suspension followed their leading role in the impeachment saga where Mrs Rita Mmaduagwu was purportedly removed without carrying the party along. Uzoezie said the party overreached its bounds as the events in the parliament were wholly internal to it, adding that members were at liberty to change their leaders who were not effective.
He said the party was supreme but noted that it had to do with party matters and not an independent institution like the parliament. According to him,
"I represent a constituency that has APGA and non-APGA members, so you cannot say we did not carry the party along. I have not been formally communicated, I only saw it in the media and my party members called me to tell me about it.
“All the same, I am a lawmaker who is versed in laws and procedure; the state chairman should have referred to the constitution of the party.
“I am one of the oldest members of the party, there are procedures for suspending members of a party, you don’t just wake up and suspend members, we are not in a Banana Republic.
“Every action must be guided by the rule of that organisation, if not, it amounts to a nullity; I am surprised by their action, I know they will rescind their action and good reason shall prevail. “I agree that party is supreme, but that has to do with party matters so that argument does not hold water, besides, we are not in a parliamentary democracy where the party dictates.
“I want to dismiss the suspension as illegal and inconsequential,” he said. The lawmaker said he was the new Speaker of ANHA as the change in leadership was a collective resolve of the majority of members. He said Speakers were elected by members to serve their interest and when they are not doing the bidding of the generality of the House, they fire them and elect competent ones.
“As an independent body, the House of Assembly is at liberty to change its leadership if they are not performing, we are peers, co-equals, so it is purely internal to us. “Those who say there is no change of leadership in ANHA, including the chairman are living in their own imagination but as it concerns us, we have removed our former Speaker. “The impeachment stands and all other principal officers remain,” he said.
Also speaking to NAN, Mr Harford Oseke, Deputy Speaker of ANHA, noted that he was not aware of his purported suspension. Oseke described the action against him as futile as there was no nexus between APGA and the ANHA, adding that he had not committed any crime against the party. He said he would welcome the suspension with open arms and would not return to the party whenever he was formally notified.
“I will thank the chairman of APGA if they truly suspended me, what am I doing in APGA? they have killed APGA.
“I am not coming back if they actually suspended me, though I have not received their notice for my suspension, I only saw it on social media.
“What is the relationship between House of Assembly and APGA? “I accept it in good fate, they have made things easy for me, I can now freely move to another party if I like APGA to deal with us,” he said.
Channels- The Benue State House of Assembly on Friday held its first plenary session at the State Assembly complex after the crisis which rocked the Assembly since July.
The lawmaker’s resumption follows the Court Order by the State Chief Judge which granted access to the 22 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers who were earlier shut out of the Assembly in July 2018.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Paul Biam, during resumption on Friday said the lawmakers are happy to resume to their duties.
“We are extremely happy; this is the first outing since that judgment was given. The Chief Judge of Benue State when he passed that judgment made it clear that the judiciary has no power in the activities of another arm of government,” he said.
Biam also responded to the allegation that the new leadership under Mister Titus Uba had approved additional N40 billion bond for the governor.
He explained that the approval was given under the leadership of the impeached speaker, Mister Terkimbi Ikyange.
Eight out of the 30 members of the lawmakers from the All Progressive Congress (APC) had earlier in July secured an order restraining 22 PDP lawmakers from sitting at the Assembly Complex.
Also, 15 of the lawmakers were also during the crisis suspended for alleged illegal impeachment of the former speaker, Mister Terkimbi Ikyange.Read More
Remember that CNN reporter that got his press pass to the Whit House suspended by Trump because he asked him (Trump) a question he couldn't answer? He became the journalist of the century by that single act and it seems like the judge ruled in his favor.
A federal judge had on Friday ordered the White House to reinstate the press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, whose pass was revoked due to a heated exchange with President Donald Trump.
The judge granted CNN's request order that would temporarily reinstate Jim's White House press pass.
The ruling from Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed by Trump, was the first victory for CNN in the ongoing case.
"I want to thank all of my colleagues in the press who supported us this week, and I want to thank the judge for the decision he made today," Acosta said outside U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.
"Let's go back to work!" he gleefully added.
Judge Timothy Kelly issued a temporary restraining order that requires the White House to restore Acosta’s access until a full hearing is held, according to the network.
CNN and other media groups, including Trump-endorsed Fox News, backed the lawsuit which claimed the revoking of Acosta’s pass violated constitutional guarantees of a free press.
Trump had better look out for the media this time...
More to follow…Read More
Mr P is out with his latest hit, 'Zombie' featuring the sensational singer, Simi.
Mr. P has proven that he need not be a part of P. Square to drop hit solos and collaborations.
'Zombie' is a mellow, love anthem that sees both singers share words of intimacy and deep feelings in glowing vocals over a South African inspired sound. This is a pretty smooth record and one that will do well for Mr P's newly found path.
The record was produced by Daihardbeats.
The former PSG boss has been tipped to deliver success to the Gunners by one of his most famous former players
Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar lauded Unai Emery and believes the coach will bring success to Arsenal.
Emery took charge of the Premier League club earlier this year and Arsenal have made a decent start to the season, sitting fifth in the table.
Neymar, who played a season under Emery at PSG, backed the Spaniard for success in England.
"Now it's easy to say because Arsenal are playing really great football. They are coming from a great run in recent matches and everybody knows he's a really great coach," he told a news conference on Thursday, ahead of Brazil's friendly against Uruguay in London.
"We know about their quality and I was really happy to work with him because he's a really hard working guy. He really wanted to coach us and really wanted to study about football.
"I think he will bring good things for Arsenal, which is a really huge and important club here in England. I wish him luck."
The Gunners had recovered from early-season losses to Manchester City and Chelsea and have not lost since, but three straight draws have seen the club slide back a bit in the table.
They sit eight points back of league leaders City and three back of fourth-placed Tottenham and are top of their Europa League group having picked up 10 of 12 possible points so far.
The London side return from the international break with a clash against Bournemouth in the Premier League and a Europa League tie against Vorskla to close out November.
They'll open their December schedule with two crucial matches in the league. They'll host Tottenham on December 2 before heading to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United three days later.
And while Neymar has praised his former manager, he and PSG have rolled through the opening part of their season in Ligue 1, running of 13 straight wins to jump out to a 13-point lead on nearest challengers Lille.
Still living in pure love and being the number one power celebrity couple in Nigeria, veteran Nollywood actors, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva, celebrates their 33rd wedding anniversary today.
The couple who got married on November 16, 1985, have been a force to be reckoned with in the Nigerian movie industry. They have three amazing children together
Joke took to her Instagram page to celebrate her marriage and her beloved husband, sharing a photo of her family with the caption “33years and counting…for all we are and all we have achieved.. so far…thank you Lord. It’s all by Your Grace. Happy Wedding anniversary Oludotun Baiyewun Read More