Crisis rocks C’River House of Assembly as attempt to impeach Speaker and his deputy failed
By; Vitalis Ugoh, Calabar.
A cold war is currently brewing in the Cross River State House of Assembly as members failed in an attempt to impeach the Speaker Rt. Hon John Gaul Lebo and his deputy, Rt. Hon Joseph Bassey.
The duo who narrowly escaped the impeachment were accused by the aggrieved members of putting their individual interest ahead of the overriding interest of the Assembly.
Honourable members were seen at the Assembly with long faces and complained that nothing was happening in the state and the assembly.
“We have no money to run the assembly; various committees cannot do their official functions because of lack of enabling instrument. We are just sitting down here doing nothing and the Speaker and his deputy are not helping matters”, they argued.
While lamenting the failure of the executive arm to meet up with it obligations to the house which has resulted to the assembly being cash strapped, they said that the state governor has abandoned the state with nothing happening.
According to them “we have no money to embark on anything, look round and tell me what actually is happening here. We are sad and we have no excuse to offer our constituencies. We have been so patient for a long time. The Governor kept on moving from one country to the other and the state is suffering.
“We expected the Speaker and his Deputy to initiate actions but none was forth coming. Perhaps, call the governor to order. But nothing in that direction. We are tired and the best for us now was for our members to think otherwise and initiate a move to get them out of their positions as leaders of the house.
“Our people are complaining saying that they have not seen their governor. When did you see the governor last in the state?”
When contacted, the Deputy Speaker, Hon Joseph Bassey, denied the impeachment attempt but however admitted that there were things that needed urgent attention in the Assembly.