Amidst the controversy that is trailing the appointment of the 27 local governments Interim Management Committee Chairman, the Imo State House of Assembly has made some clarifications.
Eziorioha, the Information Director for the legislature and member representing Oru West made the clarification in a telephone chat with Edge Express at the weekend.
It would be recalled that various forms of controversies had trailed the appointments made by Governor Hope Uzodinma last week.
First, the ALGON in the state had raised the issue of illegality asserting that by a virtue of a certain Supreme Court judgement, they are the right persons to be restored to power to continue and serve out their tenure
So far there are different sets of people in contention for the local council seats viz the people elected under the Rochas Okorocha regime and those elected under the Ohakim administration but terminated by Okorocha.
It is also alleged by a cross section of people that the government was in clear breach of the rules for appointment of local government officials. They are locating the breach in the inability of the government to screen the appointees before swearing them in.
Appropriately, the law requires that the nominees should undergo screening by the state legislature before they are confirmed appointed. It was not certain that this was done.
An agitated member of the public, David Ekeocha, had this to say, ‘’when did you hear that the IMC members were called to the house for screening? Are they not supposed to be screened like the commissioners, Oga reporter, I am asking you’’.
Continuing, he queried, ‘’were they not even supposed to be cleared by the Directorate of State Services. Do we know who is who? You people will not write about this now. This is the evil of having one party in the house, to cover their atrocities’’
In response to a question on the matter, Ezerioha submitted that they flouted no rule. According to him, ‘’we screened them the same time we approved the nominations.’’
It is not clear as at the time of filing this report if submission of the Information Director was permissible by the extant laws.
It would be recalled again that twenty four hours after the IMHA gave their nod to appoint Council Chairmen to the governor in order to intensify the Covid-19 fight, the governor showed compliance. He appointed and swore in the Council chairmen. Our further efforts to get the views of the governor through the Chief Press Secretary did not yield results as the calls were not taken nor returned. No response was also received on the text message sent to him.