A plot to secretly inaugurate the 8th Enugu Assembly by the state government has been leaked.
A source revealed that the state government had planned to inaugurate the House of Assembly in the State under a controversial circumstance.
According to the source, the secret inauguration became imperative to the planners as the current constitutional amendment states that for any state assembly to be successfully inaugurated, no less than two third of the members of the Assembly must be present.
It was learnt that the Clerk of the House, Dr Emmanuel Udaya recently had a meeting with the new State Governor, Peter Mbah on the project.
“The secret module will see the inauguration of 10 Members -elect of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while excluding the other 14 members-elect of the Labour Party extraction”, the source added.
“The governor was said to have asked the Clerk if there was any way through which the Assembly could be inaugurated so as to enable his PDP who are in the minority produce the principal officers without the Labour Party members-elect raising any objection.
It was further learnt that the Clerk suggested that a proclamation be made and a date announced but no time.
“With this gap in time, he plans to invite only the members-elect of the PDP at an odd time and get them inaugurated in the absence of members-elect of the Labour Party”, the source added.
Further checks revealed that the Clerk had addressed all the workers to ensure that they report to duty whenever they are invited to do so not minding the time of day.
It was learnt that the Clerk had allegedly relieved the Sergeant at Arms of his duty to pay the way for loyal staff.
Contacted, the Clerk of the House, Dr Emmanuel Udaya denied all the allegations saying, “It is not true. The person who told you that should establish the fact.
“I never met with the governor. The governor never said anything like that. Wherever the information comes from, go and verify from that person and you should be able to produce the person too.
“You are hearing from the horse's mouth. Governor never said anything like that. I never met him too.
“I don’t know what is wrong with people. They think that every state inaugurated their house of assembly on the same day. But they were inaugurated on different dates. When you hear that Edo, Ekiti and others have done their own, you don’t know when their own assembly started.
“If assembly started in July, you cannot inaugurate the house until the expiration of that particular one. Because as it is now, it(the 7th Enugu House of Assembly) is still subsisting. Their tenure is running. It is 365 days.
When asked when the Enugu State House of Assembly will be inaugurated, the Clerk said, “That is not the question you asked me”.
He also refused to say when the outgoing members of the state assembly would serve out their tenure.
Also in his reaction, the state chairman of the Labour Party (LP) Barrister Casmire Agbo, said, “What you are hearing is what we heard. There’s no way to authenticate it rather than for us to take measures to curtail it. We are doing something. We’re not keeping quiet.
“If they’re nursing the idea, it’s an anti-democratic norm. It’s really recipe for chaos in the state, considering the manner they came in.
“We’re averse to that. We’re not in support of it. We in the Labour Party will resist it.
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