By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A political pressure group, Abia North Renaissance (ANR) has berated the Abia State House of Assembly over it’s plan to suspend the Minority Leader of the Assembly, Hon Chijioke Chukwu over alleged uncomplementary remarks against the People’s Democratic party (PDP) led Government of Okezie Ikpeazu.
Hon Chukwu who represents Bende North state constituency in the Assembly, had last week in an interview, condemned those agitating which area of the state the governorship will come from in 2023, saying, they were only trying to shift attention from the inadequacies and maladministration of the present government.
The PDP dominated Assembly felt Hon Chukwu castigated the governor and urged him to apologise or be suspended.
However, ANR in a statement by it’s leader, Comrade Kalu Uka said Hon Chijioke had not done anything wrong to warrant suspension from the House.
Uka made it clear that what the Minority Leader said in the contentious interview could not in any way be compared with what PDP members in the National Assembly, including those from Abia have said against President Muhammadu Buhari and nobody has contemplated suspending them.
Uka said any attempt to suspend Hon Chukwu will be resisted by his group and other lovers of democracy across the state, moreso, when Chukwu’s statement was not against Gov Ikpeazu as a person.
Uka disclosed that the group has it on good information that the man at the centre of the controversy had boasted before his colleagues how he came to the Assembly with thugs to deal with Chukwu, but for the intervention of the speaker.
Uka equally said ANR has it on good authority that the same person is considering other options to silence or outrightly assassinate Hon Chukwu.
The group said it will not sit idly and watch as Chukwu is being threatened from different quarters, warning that if anything untoward happens to the lawmaker, it would be met with dare consequences.