Imo Assembly Gets New Speaker, Ibe As Emeziem was Impeached

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Speaker, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem was impeached by the Imo State House of Assembly, on Monday morning.

Kennedy Ibe was brought in to take his place.

The procedure was carried out in secrecy, with 19 of the 27 lawmakers reportedly signing the impeachment papers.

The Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu, who was impeached last week, stormed the Chambers with six lawmakers and some security officials to carry out the Speaker’s impeachment plot.

Senator Hope Uzodimma became governor of Imo State in January 2020 after the Supreme Court proclaimed him the winner of the 1999 election in a decision that is still being debated.

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

Receiving the resolution, the now impeached Speaker, Paul Emezim, 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)

The suspension had caused chaos in the plenary, with gunshots filling the air before the Speaker was escorted out of the facility.

On the day the Deputy Speaker was impeached, the Assembly announced the recall of the suspended members.

Emezim claimed that the legislators had repented, resulting in the suspension being lifted.

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