In its proposal to completely take over the leadership of Imo State House of Assembly, the new ‘Speaker’s’ camp, led by Chinedu Offor yesterday, issued the besieged speaker, Acho Ihim, a 24-hour ultimatum to resign his position or face immediate impeachment. This was disclosed after the Deputy Speaker, Ugonna Uzuigbo reportedly resigned his position.
according to report learned that the newest move by the Deputy Speaker was to turn away the looming impeachment process against all the principal officers of the imo Assembly. However, Ihim has dismissed his deputy’s resignation, saying it was not in line with parliamentary procedures, adding that Uzuigbo has not presented his letter of resignation at the floor of the House as stipulated by the rules of the House.
“As a principal officer, do you resign on the internet? If one wants to resign, it should be at the floor of the House. “Up till now, none of them has communicated to me that he or she has resigned. I want to tell you that there is a procedure for resignation.”
He said: At press time, that Offor’s group was putting its tactics together to ensure that either the Speaker resigns voluntarily or prepares to face them. One of the lawmakers revealed, “this time around, we are not going to take it easy. The Speaker cannot take us for anything. He must resign or we will do the needful.
The lawmaker explained “We have now elected our own Speaker and he is now the one in charge of the affairs of the House of Assembly. Ihim’s case will be looked into and soon, we will take a definite position.
It will not belong.” There has been a long-drawn battle which started on Wednesday between 21 lawmakers of the House and the Speaker, Ihim. The controversy centered on what the pained lawmakers tagged a unilateral decision by Ihim to recall the council chairmen who were earlier suspended for a reason weaved around the mismanagement of state finances.
The Speaker, Acho Ihim, who earlier resolved the issues surrounding the suspension of members. The five suspended Imo House of Assembly members have been readmitted back to the House. The lawmakers’ suspension was linked to the dramatic impeachment of the outgoing Deputy governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere.