Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The lawmakers of the 7th Anambra state Assembly yesterday gave a warning signal to Governor Willie Obiano on the likelihood of an unpleasant situation, should they continue to pretend that all is well between the legislature and the executive arms of government.
The lawmakers’ bottled-up anger against the governor became manifest when the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, Rt. Hon. Paschal Agbodike, who presided over the plenary, read a letter of commendation on the governor’s two years in office in his second term and asked his colleagues if any one has a congratulatory message for the governor.
It was like Alice in wonderland when all the lawmakers kept mute for the very first time and none could volunteer a word of commendation for the governor, said to have put smiles on the faces of the citizenry in the last six years. That was a clear indication of a cold war brewing between the two arms of government.
Although Hon. Nonso Smart Okafor of Nnewi-North state constituency while supporting the motion for adjournment, made efforts to save the situation by congratulating the governor on his 6th year anniversary, the development didn’t go down well with other Lawmakers as many of them had left the chambers before he concluded his felicitations.
However, an inside source at the state assembly has it that the lawmakers are grumbling over unpaid statutory benefits.
The source claimed that the legislators were no longer finding the situation funny and they seem to be running out of patience because they could not fathom why they should be taken for granted and their entitlements not met.