Ohaji Egbema Lawmaker Cools Off In Detention, Araraume’s Camp Denies Meeting With Chiji
Report had it that the Honourable member representing Ohaji/Egbema state Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly is still in detention as at the time of filling this report.
It was reported that after the impeachment of the former Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins and subsequent emergence of the new Speaker Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem, the APC legislators moved down to Imo State Government House for the presentation of the new speaker to the governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
It was alleged that Hon. Heclus Okoro who is said to be against the impeachment of the former speaker Chiji had a misunderstanding with the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu.
which resulted to a physical combat.
A reliable source revealed to this newspaper that when the trouble heated up, security agents attached to the government released not less than four bullets to scare people away.
Meanwhile, the Ohaji/Egbema born legislator is still under Police net and will be arraigned in court today, Monday 16th November 2020
Meanwhile, Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC has disassociated himself from the news circulating through the social media that he had secret meetings with the former Speaker Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins which culminated into removing him from the office.
This was contained in a release by the Media team of the former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who represented Imo North Senatorial district between 1999 and 2007 and made available to the media.
Senator Araraume through the release stated that he had no business with the former speaker Chiji Collins even the new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem. The statement as it reads in parts: “
“Our attention has been drawn to a reckless and crass claim that the impeachment of the former speaker of Imo House of Assembly (IMHA), Rt. Hon Chiji Collins was a consequence of a meeting between him and Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume”.
“We considered it worthwhile to give attention to this for record purposes which must be put straight so the public won’t run with falsehood. To that effect we wish to state categorically that there was no such meeting anywhere between Rt. Hon Chiji Collins and Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Araraume”.
“Ever since the lockdown came into effect as a measure to curb the spread of COVID19, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume never stepped out of Abuja for the East except on the 2nd of September 2020 when he came into the state for the APC Imo North Senatorial bye-election primary which took place the following day, 3rd September. He left back for Abuja early morning on the 4th being the day after the primary without seeing any visitor in his house”.
“It could be recalled that on his arrival from Abuja for the said primary, he immediately joined the meeting of the aspirants with the governor which lasted till about 3am the following day. Hence, there was no time for any meeting with any other personality”.
The public should therefore disregard this rumour as baseless and unfounded. It is the handiwork of mischief makers who think that the best way to ascend to power is by sparking off rumours and to create disaffections against personalities like Araraume.
“Araraume has no business with the former speaker, Rt Hon. Chiji Collins. He also has no business whatsoever with the new speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem either”
He therefore called on the general public to disregard the rumors from the pit of hell as he described it as baseless and unfounded.
According to him, “It is the handiwork of mischief makers who think that the best way to ascend to power is by sparking off rumours and to create disaffections against personalities like Araraume”.