Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Contrary to the allegations of aiding and abetting fraud and misappropriation of funds in Anambra local councils, the legislature says it has no case to answer and that it is a democratic institution that recognizes the political rights of the citizens to exercise their franchise without infringements or any form of denials.
That was the reaction of the Chief Whip of the 7th legislature and lawmaker representing Dunukofia state constituency Hon. Lawrence Chukwuweike Ezeudu, to the allegations that the state assembly was aiding and abetting fraud at the local governments because of the persistent reshuffling of non-elected local government officials.
Ezeudu said such were baseless and unfounded accusations because the state assembly executed its core functions of quality representation, enactment of laws as well as perform its oversight functions dutifully as enshrined in the constitution of the land.
Ezeudu, who spoke with NewsProbe on the issue, explained that the appointment of transition committee members was the core function of the executive arm but the job of the legislature according to him was to confirm the approval made by the executive. He therefore stressed that as long as the issue of non-conduct of local government elections persisted, the state assembly had no matter to answer and should not be dragged into it.
It would be recalled that a group of protesters had on Wednesday this week stormed the Anambra State House of Assembly complex Awka to demand amongst other salient issues, the conduct of local government elections in Anambra state. The protesters had accused the 7th state assembly of being part of the plot to stifle local government administration.
The protesters led by Comrade Osita Obi gave the legislature and the executive arms of government a five-month ultimatum from the date of the protest to conduct elections in the local governments of Anambra state in order to return democracy to the grassroots as well as put an end to the embezzlement of local government funds through conduit pipes called local government transition committee members.