Imo lawmakers set for battle over SUBEB contracts

Chiji Collins
  • No going back on APC 5, PDP 2 slots – Ogbuagu
  • As PDP lawmakers insist on equal shares

By insisting that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the hallowed chambers will only submit two SUBEB projects to the leadership of the House, while their colleagues from the All Progressives Congress (APC) will submit five projects, the leadership of the 9th Assembly appears set on a collision course with PDP lawmakers.

Recall that the Edge Express earlier reported about a circular from the office of the majority leader, Hon. Uche Ogbuagu, instructing the lawmakers to submit names of primary and secondary schools that are in dilapidated state in their constituencies.

The APC lawmakers were asked to submit names of 5 schools, while their colleagues from PDP are to submit 2.

The sharing formular, has been widely condemned by Imolites who wondered whether PDP lawmakers are not representing Imo people as well. During a phone conversation in Oziza FM at the weekend, most of the callers berated the leadership of the 9th Assembly describing such sharing as racism and segregation, stressing that such should not be condoned because both the APC and PDP lawmakers are representing Imo peoples.

However, when contacted the majority leader of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Uche Ogbuagu said it was the decision of the leadership of the hallowed chambers and it cannot be changed.

Though he admitted that the State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, asked the 27 lawmakers to submit 5 schools each, he said the leadership of the house decided to share it in such a way that there wouldn’t be any sabotage.

According to him “this is the decision of the house and no going back on it. PDP members here are inhouse enemies, they are taking this fight too far. We know them. If you allow them to oversee 5 SUBEB projects, they will not do it, they will only sabotage the government because they are very ungrateful and Imo people are aware of the fact that they’re not serious minded people.

He continue, “nobody shortchanged them, each local government will get 5 SUBEB contracts, but the PDP lawmakers, will only be allowed to oversee 2, while the remaining 3 will be taken care of by others. If they want us to trust them, let them come over to APC because they remain in PDP, they cannot be trusted by Imo people.

“Those accusing this administration under our amiable Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma of shortchanging any Local Government are either not students of history or they are biased. Honestly Emeka Ihedioha remains a demon compared to Senator Uzodinma.

“I was with the past government for seven months and I knew all that transpired. Similar projects came but Emeka Ihedioha gave them to Uche Ekwumile and Uche Secondus. We were relegated to the back ground, and were not allowed to contribute during meetings.”

“But Governor Uzodinma recognizes that we’re separate arms of the government and is according us the respect we deserve as lawmakers. Be reminded also, that we are not contractors, we will only oversee the projects because they are cited in our various constituencies,” he narrated.

However, when contacted, a PDP lawmaker who would not want to be mentioned, insisted that the plan to shortchange them, would never work.

He said that all representatives of Imo people should be treat as such, wondering why such a formular should be introduced in the hallowed chambers, and described it as a gang up against Imo people.

As it stands, the PDP lawmakers appear set to battle the leadership of the house unless it retracks from its earlier decision of APC 5, PDP 2 sharing formular, which is likely not possible.

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