Crisis rocks Abia assembly as members impeach Speaker

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The Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Chinedum Orji, was reportedly impeached, yesterday, by 18 out of 24 members, who met in an undisclosed venue outside the state Assembly chamber, in Umuahia, the state capital. In his place, the member representing Umuahia East Constituency, Chukwudi Apugo, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with Orji, was elected the new Speaker.

A video that trended online showed the impeachment session allegedly presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Ifeanyi Uchendu, with names and signatures of the 18 members posted online. According to the online report, Uchendu only said that the embattled Speaker was impeached on various allegations against him.”

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The House is yet to reconvene since it vacated about three months ago to enable members participate in party activities and campaigns for the just concluded national and state elections.

It was, however, gathered that the non-reconvention of the House was to prevent Orji’s impeachment, and to allow members’ grievances against him be addressed.