The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Paul Emeziem has been impeached today at plenary six days after the deputy speaker of the house, Amara Iwuanyanwu was impeached.
The now impeached speaker was accused of gross misconduct, forgery, abuse of office and high-handedness in a petition signed by 19 out of the 27 lawmakers.
Immediately after the impeachment, the house elected and swore in Kennedy Ibeh, a member representing Obowo constituency as the new and substantive speaker of the house.
Reports coming from the house said the impeachment was based on some accusations by 4 of the lawmakers, accusing the speaker that their signatures were allegedly forged in the documents that was used to successfully impeach the deputy speaker Rt. Hon. Amarachi Chyna Iwuanyanwu who has however been reinstated.
This is going to be the 3rd speaker the Imo state house of assembly would have since the emergence of Hope Uzodinma as the governor of Imo state.
Last November, the house’s first speaker Chiji Collins was removed from office by 19 out of the 27 lawmakers. He was impeached over allegations of financial impropriety, high-handedness, and gross misconduct, among others.