Sunday, 9 January 2022

Nigerian Politicians and their Drama: A case of Imo Ex-Speaker

Former Imo State House of Assembly member reacts angrily as youths claims he is not working.

Asuquo Cletus Felix


Nigerian politicians have been seen on several occasions acting in specific manner not expected from public figures of their status at several occasions. Honorable members fighting during plenary sessions isn't a new sight to behold, neither is running away with the maze or jumping fences, walls and windows. 

The recent case of former governor of Ekiti state, Fayose, where he was said to have faked his attack by security men and he came to the cameras shouting, "I'm in pains".

As if all these weren't enough, there was mild drama on Saturday, when a former speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins, saw caught pushing down a table of kolanuts out of anger during a consultation meeting with members of his constituents.

In the trending video, which has now gone viral on social media, the lawmaker was seen pushing down a table angrily after a member of his constituency slammed his performance when he was in office.

The young man who spoke in Igbo, had accused Collins of non performance and incompetency while he was speaker of thee state House of Assembly, stating that with such poor performance, he shouldn't be allowed to re-contest over his poor performance in office.


Angered by the comment, after trying to silence the young man, the lawmaker angrily pushed the table with refreshment while moving towards the critic.

Investigation done by this newspaper, revealed that Chiji was elected in 2019 under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, he became Speaker of the state's Assembly after he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party under the administration of former governor Emeka Ihedioha.

In 2020, he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress when Hope Uzodimma was pronounced winner of the 2019 gubernatorial election by the Supreme Court.

He continued as Speaker and was later impeached.