… PDP Members Boycott Sittings Twice
…. Accuse Govt Of Increasing 50% Allowances of APC Members
Another Trouble In Imo Assembly As PDP Members Boycott Sitting Twice, Accuse Govt of 50 percent Increase Allowance of APC.
While members of the Imo House of Assembly particularly the opposition members of PDP and Imo people in general are yet come out of the shock of sudden impeachment of the immediate former speaker of the House, Rt Hon chiji collins, another trouble appears to have enveloped the House following boycott of the sitting by the minority PDP members twice in a week.
The seven PDP House of Assembly members had on wednesday November 25 boycotted sitting as well as on Thursday November 26.
Our reporter who monitored the sittings reported that PDP members were conspicuously absent from the two sittings while the House carried on their sitting precided over by the new speaker, Rt Hon Paul Emeziem.
Few weeks ago, the media was awash of how serving House of Assembly, member representing Orlu state constituency in Imo House of Assembly, Hon paschal Okolie dumped the ruling APC for the opposition party, the PDP.
Defection of the said House member who is from same federal constituency was greeted with varying reactions.
While some questioned the rationale behind how a House member would dump a ruling party for the opposition with its attendant consequences, others viewed it as a mark of possible integrity.
Although the House member up till the time of filing this report had not given any reason behind his leaving the APC speculations are rife that it may not be out of nonsatisfaction with the style of the present administration.
However, the defection of the said Orlu House member from the APC to the PDP appeared to open the camel’s back as another nine House of Assembly members of the APC extraction were said to have concluded arrangements to dump the same APC before the sudden impeachment of the immediate former speaker, Rt Hon hijinks collins
Information to Lead revealed that part of the reasons behind the impeachment of Chiji was to get a speaker who has the capacity to control the House to avoid further decamps since Chiji allegedly never had the control of the House members.
This paper gathered that following the pressure and accounts monitoring of the APC House members to ascertain when they, the APC members would have the said money credited into their individual Accounts, Imo state Government made a u-turn, and instead of paying the said money into their Accounts, the clerk of the House allegedly withdrew the whole sums and paid the members by handpicking with the Lead, one of the PDP House members who would not want his name in print condemned the said increment in the allowances of the APC members pointing out that as House members, they were elected by their various constituents wondering how and why the Imo state Government led by Senator Hope Uzodinma would choose to increase the allowances of only the APC members
He however, revealed that PDP members would continue boycotting sittings until the arrangement is reversed.
He pointed out that the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria allows for multi party system adding that the state Government should not coarse them into joining the APC.
BREAKING: Army renames Operation Lafiya Dole in North-East
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, has approved the renaming of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the North-East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai, the Nigerian Army has said.
This was contained in statement on Friday signed by Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima.
The statement was titled, ‘Nigerian Army Renames Operation In The North East, Seeks Inclusiveness’.
It read, “The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru has approved the renaming of the ongoing Counterinsurgency Operation in the North East from Operation Lafiya Dole to Operation Hadin Kai.
“This is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Army has made a lot of progress over the years and needs to re-align for better efficiency.
“Also affected in the re-designation are the Army Super Camps which now reflect the nomenclature of the formations and units followed by the name of the locations they occupy while sub-units are redesigned as Forward Operating Bases followed by the name of their locations. All these changes are with immediate effect.
“The renaming is in line with the COAS Vision of having ‘A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment’.
BREAKING: Five dead as gunmen set ablaze Imo police area command
Tension heightened in Imo State, on Monday, as unknown gunmen razed the Okigwe South Police Area Command situated in Orieagu in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
A police officer at the headquarters, who spoke to our correspondent in the evening, said that on arrival, the gunmen opened fire on the cops who challenged them.
It was learnt that the invaders freed all the suspects in the cells and carted away arms.
The source said that no fewer than five policemen were shot dead by the attackers as they torch the security facility.
The source said, “Our area command headquarters in Okigwe south is on fire. Six policemen shot dead. They also freed the suspects before igniting a fire on the facility.”
When contacted, the police spokesperson in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, said that five policemen were killed while one was missing during the attack.
He disclosed that the command had launched an investigation into the onslaught.
Uzodinma’s guest house set ablaze
Guest House of Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma was this morning set ablaze.
Information to the Lead Newspapers revealed that yet to be identified group of men stormed the House of a suspected IPOB member at Awomama in Oru East LGA, the country home of the Governor for possible arrest and allegedly set his House ablaze when they could not see him.
The said group allegedly set ablaze another HOUSE belonging to the younger brother of same suspected IPOB member.
Upon hearing this, group of gun men stormed the scene and when they could not find the said persons responsible for the act, they proceeded to the Governor’s house where they shot sporadically and set ablaze the Governor’s guest house Lead gathered.
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