Drama in Imo House: Speaker impeached erstwhile impeached Deputy Speaker reinstated.

There was commotion today, Monday November 8, at the Imo state House of Assembly which has led to the impeachment of the Speaker, Rt Hon Paul Emeziem, and the subsequent reinstatement of the previously impeached Deputy.

The chaotic exercises were carried out amidst tight security with 19 out of the 27 lawmakers signing the Speaker’s impeachment papers. His impeachment followed allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

The impeached speaker who is the member representing Onuimo Local Government Area was replaced with Kennedy Ibe who is the member representing Obowo constituency.

It was learnt that the recently impeached Deputy Speaker of the House, Amara Iwuanyanwu had stormed the Chambers with some lawmakers and some security personnel before the impeachment of the Speaker took place.

Prior to today’s event, the members of the Assembly had impeached Iwuanyanwu, during the plenary on November 2, 2021.

It was gathered that Iwuanyanwu was impeached under tight security after a resolution for his removal was signed by 18 out of the 27 lawmakers.

Shortly after the resolution was submitted by the member representing Orlu state constituency, Hon. Ekene Nnodim, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emezim, okayed the removal of his deputy.

However, after the speaker’s impeachment today, the impeached Deputy Speaker Amara Iwuanyanwu was reinstated to his position following an agreement with the House of Assembly leadership.

The Imo State House of Assembly has impeached its Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem, during the House plenary session on Monday morning.

Up to 19 serving lawmakers were said to have impeached the speaker.

Shortly after, they immediately elected Rt. Hon. Kennedy Ibeh, the member representing Obowo State Constituency as the new speaker.

The newly elected Imo Speaker Kennedy Ibeh after his instalation suspended his predecessor Paul Emeziem and two other House members.

The other suspended members are Okey Onyekanma and Ekene Nnodimele.

Emeziem was removed by 19 out of 27 members of the Assembly in a counter impeachment on Monday during the plenary following allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.

Ibeh, sources said, suspended the trio for allegedly forging signatures of Assembly members in an earlier impeachment of Deputy Speaker Amara Iwuanyanwu last Tuesday.




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