The All Progressives Grand Alliance has accused the Peoples Democratic Party of masterminding the crisis in the Anambra State House of Assembly where the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, was reportedly impeached
It alleged that the PDP’s grand plot was to impeach Governor Willie Obiano, after making the state ungovernable.
The crisis in the Assembly has resulted in the sealing of the complex by the police for about two weeks.
Our correspondent learnt that in recent times, Obiano has been close to the Federal Government-led All Progressives Congress.
This development, it was further gathered, has heightened apprehension in some quarters that he might work against the interest of the PDP in the state in 2019 especially as his predecessor, Peter Obi, is the running mate to the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
A chieftain of the APGA, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that before the Assembly crisis, different interest groups had perfected strategies to unseat the governor.
He added that some members of the group also capitalised on the APGA controversial primaries to seek the support of aggrieved aspirants of the party.
The source said, “Someone close to the new leadership in the Assembly revealed that the plot to unseat Governor Obiano was to commence last Tuesday, November 20, 2018. It was shifted to take place two days later when the Assembly reconvened.”
Also, the National Coordinator of APGA Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe, in a statement, accused the Assembly factional Speaker, Ikem Uzoezie, who is an APGA member, of romancing with the PDP to destabilise the state.
The statement read, “The reason why their evil plan to impeach the Speaker failed is because they are not fighting a just battle, rather they are doing the bidding of evil-minded politicians who want to return Anambra to the PDP dark era.’’
Efforts to get Uzoezie’s reaction were futile as he neither picked calls nor replied the text messages sent to his mobile.
But the PDP state Chairman, Ndubuisi Nwobu, described the APGA allegation as unfortunate, adding that the Assembly crisis was self-inflicted.
Condemning the police sealing of the complex, Nwobu asked APGA to situate its problems internally and leave the PDP out of it.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, said the police’s action was a proactive measure to check possible breach of public peace.