UYO Boils Over Plot to Impeach Chairman,
as Council Boss locks out councillors
*Legislators want Council Boss to account for Internally Generated Revenue
Uyo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State seat of power is not enjoying the best of times following disagreements between the Chairman of the Local Government Area, Elder Imoh Okon and his councillors led by the Leader of the Council Mr. Nathaniel.
On Monday morning, an unusual heavy presence of Police men was noticed manning the gate of the Local Government Council.
Investigations by our reporter revealed that the Police were on a mission sent by the council Chairman to stop the legislators from having their sitting having earlier locked and left with the key to the Legislative Chambers.
Sources say, the Chairman fearing that the councillors might chose to break into the legislative Chambers had to invite the Police who was led by a Superintendent of Police to mount guard at the entrance into Uyo Local Government Secretariat and also at the entrance of the Legislative Chambers.
Speaking on the development, the leader of Uyo Local Government Council Mr. Nathaniel expressed bitterness over the blockade of the council and most especially the locking out of councillors. He said in a phone chat with our reporter Tuesday morning that he was yet to be briefed by the Chairman on why he had to lock the legislative Chambers.
Nathaniel said, my brother, I am a man of Peace. The locking of the legislative Chambers by the Chairman to stop us from carrying out our oversight functions is unacceptable. He maintained that contrary to speculations around town that the Councillors had plotted an impeachment of the Chairman that day, that it was false. He explained that the constitution has made it very Clear on how to go about any impeachment process.
The Leader of Uyo legislative Council explained further that nobody in the council to the best of his knowledge is working towards the impeachment of the Chairman. He reminded our reporter that the Executive and legislative arms of Government are two different entities and described the action of locking the legislative Council by the Chairman as interloping and meddlesome.
Speaking further, Mr. Nathaniel emphasized that he does not have any problem with the Chairman and does not believe any of the councillors have problems with the Chairman. But maintained that the Chairman must respect the sanctity of the legislative Council as an independent arm of Government and a partner in the building process for the total development of Uyo and her people.
When asked if there are crimes committed by the Chairman to have made hue Chairman believed the sitting for that Monday if it had held would have led to impeachment or impeachment moves against him, Nathaniel said, what we want the Chairman Elder Imoh Okon to do is to be accountable to the people.
The Uyo Council leader said, the Chairman has not deemed it fit to account for all the revenues accrued to Uyo Local Government under his watch. He noted that apart from the allocation from Government, Councillors are kept in the dark on how much is being generated internally from the revenue sources of the Local Government Area.
“It is constitutionally important that we as fellow servants of Uyo people be made to understand and know how much is being generated so that we can contribute towards improving upon on it.
We only called the Chairman to come and account for the internal revenues generated under the watch of this administration where all of us are partakers and drivers. There are no plans to impeach the Chairman”. The Uyo Council leader concluded.
When asked if he has made efforts to reach the Chairman, the Uyo Council Leader said that the Chairman has not been picking his calls ever since that incident of blocking the Council took place the previous day.
But promised that he was going to meet with the Chairman later that Tuesday morning when the Chairman would have been on seat so as to seek further clarifications on the incident.
He expressed optimism that being a leader of the Council that he will definitely see the Chairman.
Mr. Nathaniel confirmed that he had met with the Police Area Commander and discussed extensively on the issue and promised that under his watch, the Uyo Legislative Council will not condescend to any unconstitutional moves.
The Chairman of Uyo Local Government Elder Imoh Okon would not comment on the matter when contacted.
His phone number was consistently engaged when our reporter called on him and a phone number sent to his phone was not responded to more than twenty four hours before press time.