The drama and ensuing melee currently going on at the Imo state House of Assembly due to a power tussle have just taken a new twist on Thursday. This is as the deputy speaker, Ugonna Ozurigbo handed in his letter of resignation, although, the deputy speaker sounded sorts of elated in his resignation letter.
The deputy speaker resigned in just less than 24 hours after a majority of 21 out of the 27 lawmakers in the state serve the speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, with an impeachment notice. Lugard Osuji, the majority leader in the house was also served with an impeachment notice. This was after they were both suspended.
Furthermore, Chinedu Offor (Onuimo) was elected to serve as the acting speaker while Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North) was elected to replace Lugard Osuji as the majority leader in the house. The lawmakers had said that both principal officers were suspended because they escaped with the mace during plenary on Wednesday.
The resignation letter which was sighted by our correspondent in Owerri on Thursday morning was dated May 15 but was received by the office of the Clark of the state House of Assembly on May 16.
The resignation letter was signed personally by Ozurigbo and was addressed to the speaker and members of the Imo state House of Assembly.
Ozurigbo in the eight paragraph letter of resignation stated that he was resigning to enable him to function well as a member-elect of the House of representatives.
He was in March declared the member-elect for Nwangele, Nkwerre, Isu, Njaba federal constituency of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission on the Platform of the All Progressives Congress.
The resignation letter partly reads, “As you already know, I have been sent to another four years mission by my federal constituency in Imo state, at the federal House of Representatives, Abuja.”
“This new task has come with its own challenges and expectations, especially need to play key roles in the formation of the National Assembly leadership, and time to strategically position, to pursue the greater interests of Imo state, South East and Nigeria, at the federal legislature. Currently, these will make my availability in Imo state irregular.”
“Hence, I seek your undertaking as I either save the office of Imo state Deputy speaker by resigning or allow my new engagements to suffer the office of Imo state Deputy speaker by holding same tenaciously.”
“Thus, for your efficiency and the good of Imo people, I hereby resign as the Rt Hon. deputy speaker of Imo state House of Assembly (8th House), effective from the date written above.”
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