BY CHINYERE Nnaemeka
The Imo State House of Assembly member representing Isu state constituency, Hon. Ngozi Obiefule has described as greed the action of the new members in denying ranking members their constitutional privileges.
This followed the adoption of the motion moved by the member representing Ezinihitte state constituency, Hon. Anyadike Nwosu, on the relaxation of the House rules on ranking members.
Obiefule stated this during the House plenary, Tuesday and while interacting with journalists In Owerri.
She stated that the house rules were not observed in the selection of the standing committees, adding that for such committees, a section of the house rule provided that principal officers and ranking members are to handle such position as a matter of privilege.
The legislator stated that they had been denied of the privilege, which according to her was not the case in the 8th House and had not happened in others state Assemblies.
“It is quiet greed on the path of the new members of the 9th House to believe they must deny ranking members privileges bequeathed to them as recognized across the country and the 36 States of House of Assemblies’ House rules guiding their activities.
“As I told the new members at the floor of the House that they would also become ranking members and of course we would be here to make sure that the stepping down of the ranking rules they unanimously agreed to remains unchanged, for I believe that whatever a man sows that he shall also reap.”
The lawmaker said that nothing could be done to remedy the situation as the House rules did not make provision for such, adding that there are many questions on their lips pertaining the selection of the members of the committees.
She pointed out that the person that made the list went against the constitution by selecting the member of a ruling party to chair the Public Accounts committee instead of someone from the opposition party, maintaining that it is not constitutional as a ruling party cannot auditing itself.
For her position as the chairman of culture and tourism committee, she pointed out ” is not such a bad committee to handle. Also as someone in the opposite party, you do not cry too much for whatever position given to you, for he who holds the piper dictates the tune.”