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May 21, 2018

Confusion in Imo Assembly …As Speaker removes Majority leader

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The Imo State House of Assembly witnessed a rowdy session on Thursday during its plenary when Speaker Acho Ihim announced, after the motion for adjournment, the removal of the House Majority leader, Hon. Uche Oguwuike, representing Ikeduru constituency, and promptly replaced him with former majority leader, Lugard Osuji of Owerri Municipal.

The Speaker had announced the change while members of the House were about leaving the legislative Chamber.
The new majority leader was sacked last year by the House over alleged inefficiency in the discharge of his duties.
The removal of Ogwuike did not go down well with some legislators who alleged that the Speaker’s action may not be unconnected with an impeachment plot against the deputy governor, Eze Madumere.

They revealed that since the project of unseating Madumere is being discussed in clandestine meetings, it has remained a hard nut to crack, because of the timing and lack of cogent reason since “the deputy governor has not been in breach of any law to warrant his removal.”

It will be recalled that the raging rift between the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere and his boss, Owelle Rochas Okorocha allegedly stemmed from the deputy governor’s stance against some policies that are currently causing disaffection in some quarters coupled with his refusal to endorse the Governor’s son-in-law for governor but rather presented himself as best candidate to take over from Governor Okorocha, come 2019.

But Speaker, Ihim said the removal of Oguwuike as the House majority leader has nothing to do with the alleged impeachment plot against the deputy governor, Eze Madumere.

“What we did was simply to re-jig principal officers of the House to have firmer control. The removal of Oguwuike has nothing to do with the rumoured impeachment of Eze Madumere. The deputy governor has not committed any impeachable offence, so, I want to advice Imo people to discountenance the rumours.”

When contacted for reaction, Oguike directed journalists to the Speaker as only him can explain reasons behind his removal.

“I think you should ask the speaker why I was removed, because I don’t know; he is the only person who can give you the reasons for my removal,” he told The Sun Newspaper.



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