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Abia Assembly crisis: Rumours on alleged involvement in Orji’s impeachment false – Erondu

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Hon Uchenna Erondu Jnr, the member-elect of the soon-to-be inaugurated 8th Abia State House of Assembly, has cried out on alleged activities of some traducers to incite notable leaders against him for the sake of selfish individual aggrandisements.

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain particularly regretted the rumours on his alleged involvement in impeachment of Rt Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji as the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Orji, a former majority leader in the state assembly, is the first son of an ex-state Governor and the current representative of Abia central senatorial district of Abia state at the National Assembly, Senator Theodore Ahamefule Orji.

AFRIPOST had reported that Orji was reportedly impeached by 18 of the 24-member of the House on Tuesday.

Prior to the Orji’s reported impeachment, the police took over the premises of the Assembly. Shortly after, it was announced that the Speaker had been impeached.

However, a few hours later, the embattled Abia Speaker emerged and presided over the plenary of the House.

Orji announced the suspension of the deputy speaker, Chief Ifeanyi Uchendu and eight other members have been suspended.

Earlier, Erondu, a close associate of the Governor of Abia state, while speaking against the backdrops, in a statement forwarded to AFRIPOST on Friday, maintained that at no time he gave any legislator of the present seventh assembly any money to effect the change of speakership of the Abia house of assembly.

According to him,”it is self-evident that i am not yet a member of the Abia state house of assembly. I am therefore at loss as to how i would have galvanized the 16 members who participated in the May 2, 2023 sitting of the house when i am not yet their colleague

“At no point did i engage anyone to obtain on my behalf the buy-in of members of the seventh assembly which i am not a member; or for the speakership position of the 8th assembly as these rumours seem to suggest.

“It beats my imagination that my name could be associated with the internal wrangling in the house which has culminated into the present crisis rocking the house when i am not in anyway connected to the day to day activities of the house and cannot possibly be a beneficiary of the outcome of the crisis in whatever way,”he added.

Erondu also insisted that the latest malicious allegations cum rumours being peddled about me was part of a surreptitious strategy being orchestrated by traducers, whom according to him, are bent to soil his image, and by implication, that of the government which he had served creditably.

“I therefore wish to plead that these unfounded and malicious allegations should stop forthwith as it will not serve any useful purpose, “the member-elect for Obingwa west constituency warned.

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