A non profit watchdog group Youths Against Human Rights Violations and Corrupt Practices [YAHVCP] has called on the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly to resign from the House for contract scam and employment racketeering . The call is contained in a statement issued in Abuja and jointly signed by the National Coordinator of the Group, Mr Kenneth Uwadi, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Amaka Didanda.
It will be recalled that Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha, a former SA on Media to Uwajumogu revealed that the Speaker and two of his aides , Mr. Kodichi Anamekwe(Chief of Staff) and Emeka Ahaneku (Acting SA on Media) were involved in reckless and massive looting of Imo public funds and employment scam. In a statement made available to news men, Mr Iwuoha disclosed how fraudulent road contracts worth billions of naira were awarded by his former boss without due process to the extent that some of his aides were equally awarded road contracts.
He also said that friends of the Speaker residing abroad were asked to return home and road contracts were given to them as fronts even though they never had any experience in road works and that Asphalt materials for the road contracts were also procured from plant in Owerri owned by the Speaker. He further revealed that Kodichi the Chief of Staff to the Speaker employed 120 workers of which 90 of them were ghost workers and that he on several occasion wrote letters to the speaker informing him of it but no action was taken.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the National Coordinator of YAHVCP, Mr Kenneth Uwadi called on the Imo State House of Assembly to immediately open investigations into Iwuoha’s revelations, inviting him to substantiate the allegation attributed to him. He made it clear that the allegations are against the integrity and image of members of the House and the group is against looting of Imo tax payers money in a state where 80% of her citizens live on less than 600 naira per day, in a state that has almost 10,000 children on the streets-children without parental care, without shelter .
“Imo House of Assembly should make public the Speakers net worth in May 2011 given his massive acquisition of properties. We want to know why Uwajumogu abandoned his responsibilities as Speaker and went outside his confinement of duties to award road contracts to himself via his friends and to inexperienced contractors in Imo State. We want to know why he used the Imo Assembly money in funding the private businesses and NGO’s (Development Initiative for African Youths and Development Initiative for African Women) owned by his Sister Dr Mrs Chidinma Uwajumogu and how and where he got the money to build a 760 Million naira crush rock industry in Ebonyi State, build an Asphalt factory in Owerri,buy over 200 plots of land in Owerri, buy mansions at Aba, Umuahia and Ihitte –Uboma, buy 15 mansions in Owerri, buy 500 million naira private hotel in Abuja and 750 million naira private hotel in Lagos’’ Uwadi said
REJOINDER: Why Imo Speaker, Benjamin Uwajumogu should be impeached.
It is very amusing that a certain “controversial lawyer”, Anthony C. Iweho has called for the immediate impeachment of the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Benjamin Uwajumogu.
The NIGERIAN NEWSGUIDE newspapers edition of Monday 14th of MAY 2012 carried the Hilarious caption. The “Learned Lawyer” who also claimed to be a Human Rights Activist said among other things that :
(1) Honourable members of the Imo State House of Assembly are stupid and half baked.
(2) That Rt. Hon. Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu is busy accompanying Governor Rochas Okorocha to missions abroad when his duty is to make laws and check the excesses of the executive.
(3) That Speaker Uwajumogu is not competent to handle the Speakership position.
(4) That 22 out of 27 Honourable members should be recalled for corroborating with the Governor.
(5) That only 5 Honourable members are sound but they have been silenced and intimidated.
Ordinarily, the Media Department of the Office of the Speaker would not have bothered to respond but after going through the reported publication and after confirming that the so called “controversial lawyer” is the Legal Adviser of the NIGERIAN NEWSGUIDE Newspapers, we have decided to respond as follows:
(a) The Esteemed Honourable members of Imo State House of Assembly are Professionals in their respective fields before joining the Assembly on the 7th of June 2011. There are Lawyers, Medical Doctors, Lecturers, Accountants, Priests, Businessmen, and Economists etc among our honourable members, hence people oriented laws, motions and bills have been passed. Healthy debates always go on at the floor of the Assembly Chamber always.
No wonder the GOMBE STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY Legislators visited the Imo State House of Assembly few weeks ago to learn the art of Law making. School children and University under-graduates have severally visited the Assembly on excursion.
Conversely, if the Honourable members are half baked and stupid, they would not be receiving their colleagues from other states who come to learn the art of law making, neither will students of higher institutions of learning come to the Assembly on excursions.
(b) That Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu led House of Assembly perform three main functions namely:
· (i) Lawmaking (ii) Appropriation and (iii) Oversight functions
(c) That Speaker Benjamin Uwajumogu is not only competent but very effective and efficient in his legislative responsibilities to the people of Imo State. The profile of RT. HON. BENJAMIN CHUKWUEMEKA UWAJUMOGU IS AN OPEN BOOK.
(d) That all the Honourable members are performing their legislative functions effectively and efficiently and that there is no division among them.
One therefore, perhaps wonders if the so called lawyer was mentally sound when he granted the interview to NIGERIAN NEWSGUIDE newspapers. Otherwise, the unprofessional and uncoordinated words he used to address the esteemed members of the Imo State House of Assembly has exposed him as a half baked and unlearned lawyer with diarrhoea and epilepsy of the mouth. For sure, he would be invited to explain his actions.
At this point, let me ask; must the Ebullient and vibrant Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly engage His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha in a fight before the likes of “Barrister” Anthony Iweho will know that there is good governance in the state presently? Is the so called Lawyer not aware that should Rt. Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu and Governor Okorocha engage in any cat and mouse relationship, that the good people of Imo State would bear the brunt? TUFIAKWA, MAY ALMIGHTY GOD FORBID.
For sure, the Sponsors of “Barrister” Anthony Iweho are not happy with the cordial relationship (perfect synergy) between the Imo State House of Assembly and the Executive; hence they are now sponsoring political, social and legal miscreants to cause disequilibrium in the state through uncoordinated actions and utterances. All these are just attempts to test the waters. No doubt, opposition (and critisms) is the beauty of democracy. I say this because without opposition and constructive critisms, a government in power will not sit up. But the likes of Barrister Anthony Iweho are not Human Rights Activists but NOTICE ME CRITICS AND CRUSADERS.
We therefore caution the management of Nigerian News guide Newspapers to be very mindful of the kind of characters they engage as legal Advisers. Enough should now be enough.
Signed: Hon. Citizen Ikenna Samuelson Iwuoha (FCAI)
Media Adviser to the Rt.Hon.Benjamin Uwajumogu
This rejoinder was written to a similar allegations in 2012