Suspended lawmaker representing Nkwerre state Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly, Obinna Okwara has accused the Speaker, Hon. Kennedy Ibeh of pronouncing his seat vacant in a manner that is contrary to the laws of the land.
Okwara, whose seat was declared vacant during a plenary on Wednesday for dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last week, said that the Speaker was pre-empting the court and risking a jail term.
He said it was sub judice for the Speaker to interfere in a matter that was already in court in which he was a co-defendant.
Okwara said, “The Speaker risks a jail term for declaring my seat vacant. The matter he dabbled into is sub judice. There are five suits at the Federal High Court in Owerri challenging the defection of 17 out of the 27 Imo lawmakers from the PDP to the APC.
“We are lawmakers, we don’t interpret the laws. The courts do. He who goes to the equity must go with clean hands. The speaker should first declare his own seat vacant for defecting to three political parties in four political outings in three years.
“He was sponsored by Action Alliance for his re-election in 2019. Shortly after his inauguration, he joined the PDP when Emeka Ihedioha was the governor. Immediately Hope Uzodinma came on board, he joined the APC. Just look at the kettle calling the pot black.
“You don’t keep something on nothing and expect it to stand. Who is even the complainant in this matter? Did I write any letter to the House announcing my defection to the PDP? This is a parliament that suspended me for attending the burial ceremony of Uche Nwosu’s mother in December.
“I will go to court for the interpretation of Section 109 which he relied on to declare my seat vacant. He doesn’t have the right. He has shot himself in the foot and I am not moved by his shenanigans.”