Imo lawmakers serve impeachment notice on speaker, elect protem speaker

Imo lawmakers serve impeachment notice on speaker, elect protem speaker

- Lawmakers of the Imo House of Assembly have passed a vote of no confidence on the speaker of the state assembly, Acho Ihim

- The lawmakers asked Ihim to step aside following a notice of impeachment served on Ihim

- The calls for Ihim’s impeachment are hinged on a 10-count allegation bordering on gross misconduct, misappropriation of house funds and others

Members of the Imo House of Assembly on Wednesday, May 15, served an impeachment notice on the speaker of the house, Iheanacho Ihim, for alleged misconduct.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the members have elected Chinedu Offor (AA), representing Onuimo constituency, as the protem speaker.

Offor, who read the notice to newsmen, said that it was signed by 21 of the 27 members, adding that the allegations against the speaker would be investigated.

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It was learnt that Ihim had read a letter of apology from the suspended local government council chairmen during the plenary session and ruled that they be recalled without contributions from members.

He also refused to recognise members who raised “objections” and quickly adjourned sitiing. He immediately left the chambers with the Majority Leader, Lugard Osuji (AA), representing Owerri Municipal.

Members, who felt aggrieved over the development, described the walkout as a slight on them. They stayed back in the chambers, even after power supply was disconnected, throwing the place into darkness.

Offor alleged that Ihim had “consistently run the house without recourse to parliamentary procedures.” He described Ihim’s action at the plenary session as “an insult to other lawmakers."

Offor further alleged that the speaker took a unilateral decision to recall the suspended council chairmen, contrary to members’ resolution at the executive session.

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He said that efforts made by members to make contributions, invoking Order 15 of the House Rules, were rebuffed by the speaker who, he said, “quickly adjourned without giving room for input from other members.”

He said Osuji (AA), representing Owerri Municipal, had also been removed and replaced with Lloyd Chukwuemeka (AA), representing Owerri north.

The lawmaker said his removal followed a resolution signed by 14 members of Action Alliance (AA) in the house. Several efforts made to get the reaction of the speaker on the notice were unsuccessful as phone calls made to him failed to connect.

Marcel Ekwezuo, the chief press secretary to Ihim, in his reaction in an online platform, however, said the speaker “has neither been impeached nor suspended.”

Recall that reported that Imo House of Assembly on Thursday, May 9, suspended the chairmen of the 27 local governments in the state over their failure to appear before it in response to a summon.

The house made the resolution following a motion moved by the member representing Nkwerre Constituency, Chika Madumere (AGAP), when the chairmen failed to honour the summons issued to them on April 25.

The Assembly had asked the chairmen to appear before it with their directors of administration and General Services (DAGS) and treasurers over allegations of gross misconduct. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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