By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo(Anambra),
The Clerk of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr. Pius Udoh has debunked the comment made yesterday Thursday 15th of November, by member representing Aguata 2 Constituency Hon. Uzoezie Ikemefuna that there was plenary yesterday and that he presided over the plenary.
The Clerk insisted that there was no plenary when he addressed pressmen.
Udoh in an interview with correspondents at the Assembly complex said, “On Tuesday 13th, there was a parallel sitting of the House and they both adjoined for today (Thursday). As of yesterday being Wednesday both groups mutually agreed that the sitting earlier adjoined to Thursday should be postponed.
“It is my responsibility as the Clerk, and I communicated to all members of the house. Some of them even called to confirm that they received the message”.
There wasn’t to be a sitting today and as a matter of fact, there was no sitting”.
You are all correspondents of different mediums and whenever there is sitting, you have a place in the gallery where you watch the proceedings.
If anybody said that there was sitting today, you are the best witness because you can testify that you were not in the gallery. You did not observe any sitting”.
“The house is a public place and normally media and the public are allowed to witness the proceedings of the house.”
“If you did not witness any sitting and the Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Sergeant at Arm and other workers never partook, then there could not have been a sitting because a notice was posted that there will not be a sitting. So the complex was under lock and key.”
Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Victor Jideofor Okoye on his part while addressing correspondents insisted that a sitting was held.
According to Okoye, Anambra State House of Assembly is peaceful. We had our session today and we don’t have any problem.
The Clerk was not around but his deputies were all around.