Just In: Speaker disappears with mace in Imo state following suspension

Just In: Speaker disappears with mace in Imo state following suspension

The Imo State House of Assembly on Wednesday suspended the Speaker,Acho Ihim, following the vote from twenty one out of the 27 lawmakers. The suspension of Ihim came after he adjourned the ongoing plenary and escaped with the mace after reading a letter announcing the lifting of the suspension placed on the 27 Local Government

The Imo State House of Assembly on Wednesday suspended the Speaker,Acho Ihim, following the vote from twenty one out of the 27 lawmakers.

The suspension of Ihim came after he adjourned the ongoing plenary and escaped with the mace after reading a letter announcing the lifting of the suspension placed on the 27 Local Government chairmen by the state lawmakers last week.

Trouble had started after the lawmakers raised objection to the letter announcing the lifting of the suspension of the 27 LGA chairmen.
The lawmakers had quoted Order 15 of the House Rule, which empowers lawmakers to contribute to issues before the Speaker rules, but Ihim said that no lawmaker was allowed to contribute to the matter.

The 21 lawmakers immediately announced Chiendu Offor (Onuimo) of the Action Alliance as the interim Speaker.

The Acting Speaker who later addressed journalists, said that the 21 lawmakers had served impeachment notices on Ihim .

As of the time of filing this report the lawmakers were seen putting final touches to the impeachment notices.

They further announced the suspension of the Majority Leader of the House, Lugard Osuji; and elected Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North) in his place.

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