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Imo State House of Assembly, The People’s Governor And The Bitter Cries Of The Opposition

— As IMHA Passes Vote Of Confidence On Gov. Hope Uzodimma And The 3R Administration

Yesterday, July 24, 2021 at the meeting of Imo State stakeholders, the leadership of Imo State House of Assembly unanimously passed a vote of implicit confidence on the executive governor of the state, His Excellency Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma – the People’s Governor of Imo State and his administration over their performance in the last 18 months as Imo State Governor.

In their numbers; numbering over 20 of them, the lawmakers after singing a solidarity song moved a motion in the gathering which was unanimously adopted by all the members and indeed even the rest of the gathered stakeholders joining in the motion for a vote of confidence on the #PeoplesGovernor.

Since after that exercise, members of the embittered opposition have been rattled and their tongues waging as they bitterly decry why the members of the state house assembly should be in solidarity with the Governor.

These hypocrites were the same whose illegal tenure were characterized with the most Balkanized state assembly ever where only 6 members were used in representing the entirety of the assembly before the sacked governor but here we have over 20 of them in numbers acknowledging the efforts of their executive counterpart.

I think I can indulge them some little time in lecturing them about the workings of the state assembly vis a vis the principles propounded in the doctrines of separation of power which they ignorantly bandy about.

The doctrine of the separation of powers in our system of democracy can be said to be one of the most fundamental things to note about this system of government as they are the fulcrum with which tripod of the democratic government cum leadership rests upon.

An authority in this: Graham Spinder, the author of “Separation of Powers: Doctrine and Practice” writes;

”The doctrine of the separation of powers divides the institutions of government into three branches: legislative, executive and judicial: the legislature makes the laws; the executive puts the laws into operation; and the judiciary interprets the laws.

”The powers and functions of each are separate and carried out by separate personnel. No single agency is able to exercise complete authority, each being interdependent on the other. Power thus divided should prevent absolutism (as in monarchies or dictatorships where all branches are concentrated in a single authority) or corruption arising from the opportunities that unchecked power offers.

”The doctrine can be extended to enable the three branches to act as checks and balances on each other. Each branch’s independence helps keep the others from exceeding their power, thus ensuring the rule of law and protecting individual rights.”

In all these legal authority and citations, there has not been any single flouting in any of the core doctrines of the separation of power like we have been made aware of.

The governor has never acted above his executive briefing as provided by the constitution neither has the legislative body and the judiciary too.

So one wonders the reason for the cries and hues from the opposition if not the cries of frustration, untold anger and bitterness.

If there has been any instance/s where these were flouted, can they be brought to the attention of the public instead of chasing shadows?

There is no where it is embedded in the constitution where it is written that members of the Legislature can not cheer up the executive governor in the public or in the private.

The cries of the opposition is what we call ‘bad belle’ in the local parlance or advanced stake of witch craft.

Being at a particular arm of the government is never an invitation to enmity to your colleagues provided they are discharging their constitutionally enshrined duties and in the instance, all the arms have continued to discharge their duties according to the reckoning of law books.

If we could be pointed in the point of law where it is written then we can know that we now have what our learned friends calls the ‘locus’ to raise criticisms but if there is none, trouble them not, again.

Ambrose Nwaogwugwu.
July 25, 2021.

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