- Honourable Chiji Collins has lost his position as the head of Imo state House of Assembly
- In his place, Paul Emeziem was elected to take over the mantle of leadership
- Before his impeachment, Collins was accused of high handedness and other misconducts
Chiji Collins, the speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, has been impeached.
His impeachment came on Friday, November 13, during a plenary at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Owerri.
According to Channels TV, Collins was impeached by 19 out of the 27 members of the House when the motion was moved.
The speaker's removal from office followed allegations such as financial impropriety, high handedness, and gross misconduct, among others.
In his place, Paul Emeziem from Onuimo local government area was elected by lawmakers as the new speaker.
Collins is not the only speaker who has been impeached this year, as that of the Edo state House of Assembly, Hon. Francis Okiye, faced same fate on Monday, October 12.
Legit.ng reported that Okiye’s impeachment followed a motion by Henry Okhurobo the majority leader of the House.
Marcus Onobhu, an honourable member representing Esan West constituency, was elected as his replacement.
Okiye's removal followed the impeachment of the deputy speaker of the state, Hon. Yekini Idiaye on Wednesday, August 5, during a plenary session of the assembly.
Roland Asoro, representing Orhionmwon II Constituency was elected to take over the role of deputy.
Idiaye had earlier declared his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the just concluded election in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
In other news, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has openly backed the proposed move to regulate social media in Nigeria.
Uzodinma made his position known on Thursday, November 5, when the inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, paid him a visit in Owerri, the capital of Imo.
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