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Imo lawmakers plot to remove Speaker



Imo State lawmakers are presently plotting impeachment move against the Speaker of the state assembly, Rt Hon Acho Ihim, over his purported governorship ambition, according to an inside source at the assembly.
The lawmakers, after a secret meeting in the house of a notable politi­cian in the state, decided that the alleged secret ambition of the Speaker to succeed Okorocha, has undermined his of­fice.
One of the aggrieved legislators, who did want his name mentioned dis­closed that the House has commenced the collec­tion of signatories for the eventual impeachment of the Speaker, if he fails to heed the call to tender his resignation.
The source said, “The lawmakers are angry with the Speaker because of the way he has been running the House, for instance, they believe that his closeness with the governor had robbed members of the House their legitimate entitle­ments. And they feel that the Speaker’s hands are tied because of what he is expecting from the governor.
He continued, “In as much as we are not against him nursing any ambition, but a situa­tion where such ambi­tion is undermining the functions of his office, he should resign or face impeachment. His ac­tions have ridiculed the House enough and we cannot take it anymore. He should resign and concentrate on his am­bition. This is about the only House where the entitlements of lawmak­ers are not paid and the Speaker still runs around with the governor sing­ing his praises.”
However, when con­tacted, the Media Aide to the Speaker, Mr Ben Ilo­chonwu, denied the al­legation, describing it as a mere rumour. He said the Speaker has no speci­fied ambition for 2019.

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