The Abia House of Assembly Drama And The Re-alignment of Power
2017 has dawned with everybody having high hopes of a year, better than its predecessors. This is a recurrent pattern that often times ends in disappointment. But perhaps this year will be different. Maybe for once, all forces will perfectly align to give the people all they need to flourish. So let us embrace the new year with hope.
But before 2016 left us, it brought immense drama at the end. First there were the issues of leaked tapes, both of which involved the controversial governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike. Then the usually quiet Abia state came to national attention with its own share of dramas.
We were first informed of the impeachment of the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Barr. Martins Azubuike, and the immediate election of Hon. Kennedy Njoku as his replacement. About 24 hours after Hon. Njoku was sworn in, he resigned, citing personal reasons, and the man who got three votes (Chikwendu Kanu), was then sworn in as the Speaker.
While many people have tried to offer excuses as to why the drama unfolded, what one must accept it that the drama in the Abia House of Assembly was about an attempt to re-align power. There have been rumours that the removal of Barrister Azubuike was a move aimed at leaving the state governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu exposed to a possible impeachment. While that may or may not be true, what is immediately evident in the second part of the drama is the attempt to have somebody loyal to either the governor, or to his political godfather as Speaker. Kennedy Njoku’s initial installation as Speaker favoured one of them (either the governor or his godfather), and his eventual removal was a power play by the one whom Njoku’s installation did not favour.
The summation therefore is that the drama in the Abia House was an attempt for re-alignment, one that was either successful, or brilliantly foiled. As events unfold, we will be able to determine if it was.
Whatever be the case, as 2017 gathers momentum, it is imperative that the power brokers in Abia begin to place the interests of the people ahead of their own political maneuverings. The state has suffered so much from power plays, thus it is time she is allowed to grow. May 2017 be the best of all our years.