The lawmakers of the Imo House of Assembly on Wednesday, have served an impeachment notice on the Speaker of the House, Iheanacho Ihim, for alleged gross misconduct.
Concise News learned that the speaker had recalled some suspended local government chairmen without a due consolidation with the House members, this led to his impeachment.
However, the members of the House have elected Chinedu Offor (AA), representing Onuimo Constituency, as the Protem Speaker.
According to Offor, who read the latest development to newsmen, it was signed by 21 of the 27 members, adding that the allegations levelled against the speaker would be investigated.
Recalls that Ihim had read a letter of apology from the suspended local government council chairmen during the plenary session and directed that they are recalled without contributions from members.
Also, he refused to recognise members who raised “objections” and quickly adjourned sitting.
He immediately left the chambers with the Majority Leader, Lugard Osuji (AA), representing Owerri Municipal, moving escaping with the mace.
Members, who felt aggrieved over the development, described the walkout as a slight on them.
They stayed back in the chambers, even after power supply was disconnected, throwing the place into darkness.
Offor alleged that Ihim had “consistently ran the house without recourse to parliamentary procedures.”
Reacting to Ihim’s action at the plenary session, he described it as “an insult to other lawmakers.”
Offor disclosed that efforts made by members to make contributions, invoking Order 15 of the House Rules, were rebuffed by the Speaker who, he said, “quickly adjourned without giving room for input from other members.”
He said that the Majority Leader, (AA), representing Owerri Municipal, had also been replaced by Lloyd Chukwuemeka (AA), representing Owerri North.
He said that his removal followed a resolution signed by 14 members of Action Alliance (AA) in the House.
Several efforts made to get the reaction of the Speaker on the notice were unsuccessful.