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February 24, 2017

Why I was impeached – Abia Ex-Speaker, Martins Azubuike

Six days after being ousted from office, Martins Azubuike, ‘former Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, said his uprightness cost him the job.

Azubuike, who made the disclosure at a reception by his community Umunneato-Ngwa, said he was impeached because he refused to consent to sharing of funds meant for projects.

“I chose to deploy available funds to projects and not sharing it among members.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the group comprises three sister-local government areas of Osisioma Ngwa, Isiala Ngwa North and Isiala Ngwa South of the state.

He told the audience that he committed no impeachable offence but was removed because he did not accede to demands to share allocations to the House among members.

Mr. Azubuike, revered by workers in the House of Assembly for his experience as a third-term legislator, listed the projects executed during his more than one year tenure as speaker.

The projects include the completion of an office complex for the 24 legislators which was started in 2007 and the computerization of the operations and a website for the Assembly to enable members track its activities from within and outside the complex.

He said he also procured vehicles for members and two buses for committee assignments by members.

“These monetary achievements were the challenges I had with the members because I did not agree that the money should be put on the table to be shared by members:’ Azubuike claimed.

He also reeled out a number of constituency projects he executed in Isiala Ngwa North, to include the grading of roads in the area and bursary awards to 100 students.

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The former speaker said he organized free medical services for people of the area as well as schools’ competitions during which scholarships were awarded to the best students among other projects.

He said at the inception of the sixth Assembly, his leadership articulated a roadmap for 2015/2019 on how to drive development in the state.

According to him, whatever the present administration of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has achieved from inception to date was as a result of the initiatives by the House under his watch.

He said since his emergence as speaker, he supported the governor against the backdrop that it was the first time a person of Ngwa extraction became governor since the creation of Abia.

Azubuike, however, expressed his readiness to continue to support the governor to ensure his success.

He also assured his people that he would continue to provide effective representation in the House.

“I am not going to take the back seat but I will take the front seat because I do not see anybody in the House that can do it better than I’



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