Imo Assembly sacks Speaker

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By Morenike Bailey

Imo State House of Assembly lawmakers, on Monday morning, impeached Speaker Paul Emeziem.

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19 out of 27 lawmakers signed the impeachment papers and replaced Emeziem with Kennedy Ibe.

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It was learned that the Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu, who was impeached last week, stormed the Chambers with six lawmakers and some security personnel to execute the impeachment plot against the Speaker.

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Iwuanyanwu was removed on November 2 through a resolution signed by 18 out of the 27 lawmakers of the Assembly, which was presented before the plenary.

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Member for Orsu State Constituency, Hon. Ekene Nnodim, submitted the resolution.

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The now impeached Speaker, Paul Emezim, had received the resolution and  said, “Since this resolution was signed by 18 members, out of the 27, the resolution stands.”

In July, Emezim pronounced an indefinite suspension of six lawmakers, accusing them of engaging in ‘unparliamentary conduct’.

The affected lawmakers are, Kennedy Ibe (Obowo), Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru), Anyadike Nwosu (Ezinihitte Mbaise), Onyemaechi Njoku (Ihitte Uboma), Philip Ejiogu, (Owerri North), and Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West)

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The suspension had resulted in pandemonium at the plenary as gunshots rent the air before the Speaker was shielded out of the Assembly complex.

Incidentally, the Assembly announced the recall of the suspended members the day the Deputy Speaker was impeached. Emezim said the legislators had repented, hence the decision to lift the suspension

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