IMO ASSEMBLY DEMANDS SACK OF IHEANACHO AS MINISTER
Imo State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately Interior Minister, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho.
The Assembly cited dereliction of duty and usurpation of the position of Orlu zone as some the reasons for the minister to either resign or be sacked by the president.
In a four-point motion moved by Mbadiwe Declan Emelumba, representing Oru West constituency and 13 others, the House unanimously agreed that the conduct of the minister was such that his continued retention in the cabinet would constitute a huge embarrassment to Imo people.
In the first prayer, the house passed a vote-of-no confidence on Iheanacho, asking him to either resign or be sacked by the president in the second prayer.
The House also urged Governor Ikedi Ohakim to take all necessary steps to actualise the first and second while the fourth prayer was for the president to cooperate with the governor to ensure that the resolution was implemented.
Those who supported the motion included Deputy Speaker, Jones Okeke, Stan Dara, Simeon Iwunze, Bede Eke and Louis Chukwu. The house said since Imo State was standing on a tripod and positions were zoned accordingly, the post of the minister ought to have gone to Orlu zone, since Okigwe zone had produced the governor and Owerri zone, the deputy governor and an ambassador.
The legislatorss noted that the appointment of Iheanacho was an abberation which President Jonathan ought to have corrected a long time ago. They regretted that instead of Capt Iheanacho remaining sober in executing his assignments as a minister, he had turned Imo State into a theatre of war by heating up the polity. The house was pained that that act of indiscretion by the minister has resulted to the paralysis of the activities of the ministry.
It also bemoaned the inaction of the minister in relocating the Owerri prisons long after the Assembly passed a motion to that effect. It also urged the president to appoint an Orlu Son or daughter as a replacement for Capt Iheanacho to maintain the stability of the state. Members who contributed and voted for the motion expressed the hope that the president would hearken to the demand of the Assembly in view of the sensitive nature of the issue.