The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Paul Emeziem was on Monday impeached following several allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of office.
The speaker was removed after six lawmakers led by the removed Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu, invaded the house on Monday.
The session which didn’t last more than 15 minutes came to an end and immediately the minority lawmakers elected a ranking member, Kennedy Ibeh, as the new Speaker.
Ibeh, who represents Obowo state constituency, was first elected into the parliament in 2015 and was reelected in 2019. He was one of the six lawmakers, Emeziem controversially suspended on July 8 for “unparliamentary conduct.”
Emeziem, who got wind of his removal, rushed into the complex but was barred from gaining access into the complex.
Meanwhile, he was said to have been tear-gassed but he insisted to have his way.
Ibeh was one out of the 18 lawmakers whose names appeared to have signed a resolution, removing the ex-deputy speaker.
According to the source, Emeziem said that the news of his removal was “childish, null and void”
He added that, “Amara Iwuanyanwu can’t convene a plenary because he was properly impeached. If there should be any plenary, I am the one empowered by the law to call for it. Today is not our plenary day. Today is for our committee sittings not plenary. Amara Iwuanyanwu stands impeached”.