BREAKING: Governor Otu Intervenes As Cross River House of Assembly Sacks Speaker

BREAKING: Governor Otu Intervenes As Cross River House of Assembly Sacks Speaker

  • Finally, the crisis rocking the Cross Rivers state House of Assembly has finally been resolved following the intervention of the state government
  • Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem confirmed that he remained the speaker of the state's 10th assembly following Governor Bassey Otu's intervention and other key stakeholders
  • reported that Ayambem was impeached on Wednesday, May 22, by 17 members of the house over an allegation of financial misappropriation journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The leadership of the Cross River state House of Assembly has unanimously reaffirmed Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem, as the speaker.

Cross River Governor wades into assembly crisis
Governor Bassey Otu resolves Cross River Assembly crisis. Photo credit: Rt. Hon. Elvert Ayambem, Governor Bassey Otu
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Ayambem's reaffirmation followed a rapprochement brokered by the state governor, Bassey Otu, and critical stakeholders with the 25-member Assembly in Calabar on Sunday, May 26.

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This was made known in a statement by the chief press secretary to the speaker, Matthew Okache, Channels TV reported.

How Cross River speaker was impeached

The speaker was impeached by 17 members out of the 25-member house over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

The majority of the lawmakers had passed a no-confidence vote on him after about 11 months in office.

Ayambem thanks Governor Otu

Reacting to the new development, Ayambem expressed his appreciation to the sate governor and those who waded into the crisis. He thanked them for ensuring that it was resolved for peace to reign and for the stability of the state and the House of Assembly.

Ayambem said:

“The governor’s track record as a leader who is committed to peace has never been in doubt. This has continued to shine through from his time as senator to his current position as governor.”

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DSS storms Cross River assembly

Earlier, reported that fierce-looking operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), and other security agents stormed the crisis-hit Cross River state assembly complex.

This was after the impeachment of the assembly's speaker, Elvert Anyambem, led to a brawl in the house.

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