After one year, no car, no allowance, C’River lawmakers go after Speaker

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Indications are ripe that Speaker of the Cross
River State House of Assembly, Mr. John Gaul-
Lebo might be impeached over crisis rocking the
House.
The issue threatening his position as Speaker it
was gathered is the prolonged non-payment of
welfare to members, which majority of the
lawmakers are unhappy with, and the bulk of
them had four days ago threatened to impeach
the speaker.
It was gathered that the majority of the
legislators are irritated that after one year in
office, they are yet to get their official cars,
housing and wardrobe allowances as well as
other entitlements.
The newest move is the third time since
assumption of office in June 2015 that the
Speaker will be threatened with impeachment
notice.
Speaking anonymously, one of the irritated
members said his colleagues were also not
happy over the inability of the House to sit and
carry out constitutional duties due to lack of
diesel and unavailability of office stationeries.
He also pointed out that the civil servants in the
Assembly were angry with the Speaker over a
plot to transfer some top officials for allegedly
divulging the leadership’s financial transactions
to other members of the House. It was also gathered that 11 lawmakers,
allegedly led by the member representing Ikom 2
State Constituency, Mr. Simon Nkoro, are already
shopping for signatures to make up 2/3 of the 25
lawmakers in the House in order to impeach the
Speaker.
Lawmakers spearheading the impeachment
according a reliable source include members
representing Calabar Municipality, Bakassi,
Odukpani, Obudu, Akamkpa I and II and Calabar
South II constituencies.
Already series of meeting have taken place
between lawmakers and the leadership of the
House with the Deputy governor, Professor Ivara
Esu, and the party Chairman, Mr. Inok Edim, on
Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
Responding to the issue, the House Committee
on Information chairman, Mr. Nelson Ofem, said
there was “discontent” in the House, but added
that no impeachment notice had been served the
Speaker.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr.
Azogor Ideba, said, “There is no problem in the
house, a few members cannot just wake up and
impeach the Speaker.”

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