By WILFRED CHIMEREMEZE
The leadership tussle in the Ebonyi State House of Assembly has deepened, resulting to the embattled speaker Chukwuma Nwazunku petitioning to Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan to withhold the approval of the second bond which the state government has applied for, pending when their relevant committee is properly briefed on the use of the first bond when the House reconvenes from its recess on December 15.
In a release dated November 10, addressed to the President, made available to newsmen in Abakaliki, Nwazunku stated that the House was yet to be properly briefed on the use and performance of the previous bond obtained by the state government.
He noted that the state government had in the year 2010 obtained a bond of 16.5 billion naira from the Capital market for the purpose of financing certain capital projects in the state which was also captured by the new Bond.
“In view of the fact that the target projects for the first bond obtained will still take over one year to complete, and in view also that the tenure of the present administration will be rounding off in the next six months, we respectfully invite your Excellency to graciously withhold your kind approval of the second bond which the Ebonyi state government applied for, pending when relevant Committee is properly briefed on the use of the first bond when the House reconvenes from its recess on December 15.”
He argued “since our approval of the second bond, certain revelations have come to light to warrant keeping the second bond application in view pending a proper detailed briefing of the House on the use of the first bond”.
Hon. Nwazunku stressed “It does not appear as if the first bond has been properly used in view of the fact that the target projects the bond was meant for was scarcely attended to, to the extent that even in the next one year, the projects will never be completed”.
Daily time gathered that the current position of the Speaker may have its root in the leadership tussle on Monday, wherein Mr. Nwazunku was said have been impeached given rise to emergence of two Speakers in the House, even as matter is now waiting in the court for attention