Members of the Imo State House of Assembly have demanded automatic tickets for the 2015 elections as part of the conditions
to approve the 2014 appropriation bill.
The Nation learnt that most of the lawmakers, who are of the same party with the governor, are worried by his insistence that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not ‘anoint’ candidates.
The legislators, on recess, reportedly made their position known to Governor Rochas Okorocha, through the leadership of the House, after meetings in the home of a senior government official.
A source, privy to the meetings, said in confidence that the lawmakers agreed to delay the 2014 budget, to compel the governor to give them automatic tickets.
It was also gathered that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators in the House were behind the move, as they were said to have demanded automatic tickets as conditions to defect to the APC.
“The PDP lawmakers wanted to be assured of automatic tickets before they join the APC. They are plotting to delay the budget to compel the governor to accept their demand.”
The Chairman of the House Information Committee, Acho Ihim, described the insinuation as a falsehood, fabricated by those, who wanted the House’s downfall.
He said: “It is a falsehood. We never met to discuss any such thing. After receiving the budget proposal from the governor last December, we went on a recess and will resume on Tuesday. The speculation was fabricated by those, who do not mean well for the House. It is a lie.”