8th November, 2021
The new Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Mr. Kennedy Ibeh, (APC Obowo), has condemned the activities of the former Speaker, Paul Emeziem (APC Onuimo) while he was in office.
Ibeh said the impeachment of Emeziem was his reward for the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Amarachi Iwuanyanwu (APC Nwangele).
Ibeh made this known while briefing journalists at the Deputy Speaker’s lodge on Monday as he urged lawmakers to put their best foot forward and support the governor in his efforts to move the state forward.
Ibeh added that Emeziem’s actions as a speaker desecrated the office.
He noted that lawmakers must carry out their primary functions, considering the interest of the state, adding that the sanity of the legislature will not be toyed with.
The speaker noted that the ninth house had a troubled history owing to the inexperience of past leaders and promised that there will be a positive turnaround.
He also assured the people of the state that the house, under his leadership, would churn out motions, bills and resolutions which will reflect the aspirations of Imo people.
Ibeh, therefore, pledged to carry out his duties as a speaker to the best of his ability and urged other members of the house to ensure the progress of the house.
Emeziem was impeached during a special sitting of the house on Monday morning.
His removal followed a resolution signed by 19 of the 27 members of the house after which Ibeh was sworn in by the Clerk, Mr. Chinelo Emeghara.