By Victor Nwegede
The feud between two Ohaukwu Council Stakeholders, the council Chairman, Hon. Clement Odah and the state lawmaker, Hon. Chinedu Onah has been resolved by the state government.
It could be recalled just in few months past, there was a palpable tension that engulfed the polity in Ohaukwu Local Government of Ebonyi State, to the extent, the blind could give a clear interpretations about the situation.
There has been precisely, a series of political fisticuffs between loyalists of the Honourable Member representing Ohaukwu South Constituency in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Hon. Chinedu Onah and those of the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Hon. Barr. Clement O. Odah, over an assault on the stated lawmaker by the Chairman in the sanctified premises of Ebonyi Assembly, on Wednesday December 18, 2019.
Interestingly, calm is returning to Ohaukwu especially as the father of the State, His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi (fnse, fnate), the Governor of Ebonyi State weighed in on the matter.
This matter has led to the Constitution and inauguration of a powerful 7-man panel of inquiry chaired by His Excellency, Amb. Frank Nchita Ogbuewu to investigate the matter on Friday December 20, 2019 by the state Governor.
However, the adopted resolutions of the state Executive arm was sent to their Legislative counterparts today by the Governor for acceptance, a gesture for which the Honourable Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru applauded Governor Umahi.
“I want to thank the leader of the Government of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi, Governor of Ebonyi State, for taking a very expected decision on the issue. This matter wanted to put this House in total disarray but God being so kind, the leader of our dear State, our dear Governor decided to intervene and also do justice to the matter by constituting a very powerful and competent committee led by His Excellency, Amb. Frank Nchita Ogbuewu and their adopted recommendations are very germane and I must thank the Governor and members of the State Executive Council.” Speaker Nwifuru said.
The adopted resolutions of the panel include:
- That the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Council, Hon. Barr. Clement O. Odah should apologise to Ebonyi State House of Assembly and Hon. Chinedu Onah in writing.
- That the public apology to the House of Assembly and Hon. Chinedu Onah should also be extended to the Governor of Ebonyi State and the ruling party, PDP and also aired on radio and television – Radio Nigeria 101.5 Unity Fm Abakaliki and Ebonyi State Broadcasting Corporation (EBBC), radio and television, and published in the local and national newspaper.
- That the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Barr. Clement O. Odah, Honourable Members of the State House of Assembly from Ohaukwu namely, Hon. Chinedu Onah of Ohaukwu South Constituency and Hon. Chinedu Awo of Ohaukwu North Constituency should convene stakeholders forum in Ohaukwu Local Government Area to interact amongst themselves for the sole purpose of dousing tension amongst followers of the parties involved.
In the same vein, the Speaker praised the calmness and maturity showed by Hon. Chinedu Onah, describing him as a respecter of the rule of law.
“I also thank our dear colleague and member representing Ohaukwu South Constituency, our own Hon. Chinedu Onah for not taking laws into his hands and for respecting the rule of law and also for respecting the leadership of our dear State and that of the House of Assembly. I am very confident that this decision if implemented 100 percent, will reconcile all the parties. I feel very honoured to have read this letter before you and also want to thank you my distinguished Honourable colleagues to for giving respect to the rule of law and abiding by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, for agreeing to discharge your duty without fear or favour and for relying on the synergy between the executive and legislature and also for believing in Ebonyi State.”
The Leader of Ebonyi State House of Assembly and member representing Ezza North West, Hon. Victor Chukwu prayed the Honourable Members to accept the resolutions, more so, as the Governor had shown so much respect for the legislative arm of Government.
“I urge you, my colleagues, to support and accept the recommendations of the panel as conveyed by the Governor. The reasons are very simple, the Governor as a father has weighed in on the matter and wasn’t partial, which shows his serious commitment in respect for constituted authority especially considering where this offence emanated from. He has in no little way shown respect to this arm of government, the legislative arm of Government. He didn’t just promise to do this but has put in reasonable palliatives which I’m sure will go a long way towards dousing the tension raised in the House. – Hon. Victor Chukwu noted.
The House adopted the resolutions in the interest of peace, justice and fairness. Hon. Chinedu Ogba Onah is equally the Chairman House Committee on Information of Ebonyi State House of Assembly.