Imo Assembly Suspends Speaker As He Escapes With Mace
Imo State House of Assembly. Core TV.

The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, was on Wednesday suspended by 21 out of 27 lawmakers.

Ihim’s suspension followed his adjournment of the ongoing plenary and escaping with the mace after reading a letter announcing the lifting of the suspension placed on the 27 Local Government chairmen by the state lawmakers last week.

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The 21 lawmakers immediately announced Chiendu Offor (Onuimo) of the Action Alliance as the interim Speaker.

They also announced the suspension of the Majority Leader of the House, Lugard Osuji; and elected Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North) in his place.

Addressing journalists later, the Acting Speaker said that the 21 lawmakers had served impeachment notices on Ihim and Osuji.

In a bid to frustrate his colleagues from removing him, Ihim had allegedly ordered his aides to switch off the generator supplying electricity to the complex, but the visibly enraged lawmakers went on to suspend the two principal officers.

Trouble started when the lawmakers raised objection to the letter announcing the lifting of the suspension of the 27 LGA chairmen.

The lawmakers had quoted Order 15 of the House Rule, which empowers lawmakers to contribute to issues before the Speaker rules, but Ihim said that no lawmaker was allowed to contribute to the matter.