The Minority Caucus of the Imo State House of Assembly has accused the speaker, Paul Emeziem of suspending the two members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for refusing to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The caucus levelled the charge at a news briefing it held on Monday, July 19 at the PDP state Secretariat in Owerri.
The suspended Minority Leader of the House, Anyadike Nwosu, who addressed newsmen disclosed that the suspension was intended not only to intimidate minority lawmakers but also silence vocal APC legislators, who have refused to mortgage their conscience.
Nwosu, who represents Ezinihitte Mbaise Constituency further stated that Emeziem has been under pressure to silence any voice of dissent in the House since assumption of office.
According to him, intolerance to opposition voice in the House has become legendary under Emeziem’s watch.
He added that Emeziem’s desire to reduce the House to an appendage of the executive arm of government propelled him into purporting to suspend six lawmakers and adducing strange allegation of undemocratic practice as reason for his action.
Nwosu summited that contrary to the frivolous reason the speaker gave, the speaker is actually under pressure from the the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to hound, intimidate, persecute the PDP members of the House.
The minority leader asserted that Emeziem has no right to remove elected member or desecrate the hallowed Chambers of the House.
He advised the leadership of the House to desist forthwith from engaging in actions, conduct or attitude that would further embarrass, ridicule or undermine the image, honour and integrity of the House.
Nwosu added that no amount of people pressure, humiliation, deprivation or recourse to offhand practice will determine them from serving their constituents.
While urging the speaker to come clean by explaining what constituted the “unparliamentary conducts” on the part of the suspended members and when and where they committed the alleged offence, Nwosu called on well-meaning citizens and Gov. Uzodimma to prevail on the speaker to recall the suspended members and restore peace in the House.
The speaker had on Thursday, July 8 announced the suspension of six members namely Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru); Kennedy Ibeh (Obowo); Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West); Anyadike Nwosu) Ezinihitte Mbaise); Philip Ejiogu (Owerri North) and Michael Onyemaechi Njoku (Ihitte-Uboma).