by Paul Osas
In an ethnic twist in the drama involving the embattled Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, the Anambra State House of Assembly has spoken up in her support, condemning the call for her sack by a section of the country and describing it as a deliberate attempt to pull her down at all costs. The assembly formally accused the Lagos state House of Assembly of ethnic bias in the latter’s call for her sack.
According to the Anambra State lawmakers, its Lagos counterparts erred in their call for the Minister’s sack by not verifying the veracity or otherwise of her alleged certificate forgery, adding that it is an attempt to get at President Goodluck Jonathan and his transformation agenda by attacking his most faithful ministers as the case of Oduah had shown.
Speaking for the Anambra Assembly, Chairman of the Anambra State assembly’s Committee on Information, Hon. Boni Onyeka, addressed journalists in Awka yesterday after an emergency sitting. He was full of praises for Oduah, stressing that the aviation ministry which she heads is the most improved sector in the country today. Onyeka said the recent decision by the Lagos State assembly to abandon its legislative duties and delve into the matter, calling for Oduah’s sack without concerning itself with the veracity of the allegation was in bad taste and a show of ethnic bias and double standards.
“The same Lagos State assembly supported Senator Bola Tinubu when he was enmeshed in the Toronto certificate scandal and even went to the extent of dubbing those who raised the issue enemies of the South-west,” the lawmaker said.
Speaking further, he said, “On all occasions, the Lagos assembly has consistently supported any move against those residing in Lagos most of who are Igbos doing legitimate businesses in the state and contributing to a large extent to the rebuilding of the state. People’s shops, their only means of livelihood were closed for months, yet the assembly rather than seek to mediate in such matters, only voiced out their support,” he said.