No Cause For Alarm In Anambra Assembly — Majority Leader

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

The Majority leader of the 6th Anambra legislature Hon.Victor Jideofor Okoye says the Anambra State House of Assembly is peaceful and there is absolutely no cause for alarm.

Okoye said that the lawmakers had spoken to themselves eyeball to eyeball and they had realised that there was an urgent need for the legislature to be intact to enable them to proceed with the primary responsibility for which they were elected in the first instance.

The majority leader who spoke with journalists at the state assembly complex on Tuesday regarding major developments in the House, explained further that the 6th assembly was no longer interested in speakership but the way forward.

Okoye who also functions as the House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Police Affairs and Security told newsmen that they had discussed among themselves and had come to the resolution that normalcy has to return to the House because outsiders according to him can not negotiate for them.

He said lawmakers in the 6th assembly did not intend to bring the legislature to disrepute neither would they want to create unnecessary drama but the reality staring them in the face was that they had to proceed with the business of legislation because they were distance away behind schedule.

The lawmaker who represents Anambra-west state constituency said in every legislative year the House does a compilation of bills and motions passed on the floor of the House but the status quo in the legislature does not provide veritable platform for such obligation and a host of others.

He expressed hope that henceforth the 6th assembly would maintain peace to enable them to make meaningful progress as well as settle down to normal legislative sessions in the best interest of the entire state.

It would be recalled that last Thursday, drama ensued at the legislative chambers as two parallel speakers struggled to preside over proceedings of the House.

The ugly episode however led to the scrambling and partitioning of the House as members were apparently divided pitching tents with their factional leadership.

Also information from the grapevine has it that the ongoing impasse at the State House of Assembly might stall budget presentation as well as renewal of appointments of local government transition committee chairmen.

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