Ebonyi Assembly declares 4 lawmakers’ seats vacant

…Summons 2 commissioners, Accountant-Gen, Auditor-Gen

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The Ebonyi State House of Assem­bly yesterday, de­clared four law­makers’ seats vacant for alleged contravention of section 109 subsection 1G of 1999 Constitution by dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that brought them into the House before the expi­ration of their tenure.

The affected members include Eni Uduma Chima representing Afikpo South West, Mrs. Hellen Nwobasi representing Abakaliki South, Sam Nwali representing Ikwo North and Mrs. Mabel Aleke representing Ohaukwu South.

The Speaker of the House, Chukwuma Nwazunku, while adopting the resolution of the House through voice votes said the four members, after the PDP primaries defected to another party leaving the party that elected them into the House and thereby contravened the constitution. But while react­ing on the resolution of 14 members out of 24 members, Hon. Eni Chima said the issue of declaring seats of honour­able members vacant could not hold on the ground that it was the subject matter of a suit pending before the Fed­eral High Court holding in Abakaliki.

The House also sum­moned the state Commis­sioner for Finance, Commis­sioner for Local Government, Accountant-General and Auditor-General of the state to appear before the House to ex­plain the expenditure of funds accrued to the state.



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