Lawman Duruji has emerged as Speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly following the resignation of the embattled Acho Ihim on Tuesday.
Concise News learned that Duruji, the lawmaker representing Ehime Mbano, defeated the acting Speaker, Chinedu Offor, in an election conducted between them.
Duruji scored 14 votes to defeat Offor, who polled 11 votes, while Chika Madumere with 11 votes defeated Ngozi Obiefule, who got 9 votes, to win the position of deputy speaker.
Ihim tendered his resignation letter to the clerk of the Assembly, Chris Duru, according to his media aide, Marcel Ekwezuo, who confirmed the development to newsmen, said that his boss had resigned with effect from May 28, 2019.
According to Ekwezuo, Ihim resigned so as to pursue his mandate in court as he was running mate to the Action Alliance (AA) candidate in the March 9 governorship election, Uche Nwosu.
“The speaker has resigned. He tendered his resignation letter today, May 28 and resigns with immediate effect,” Ekwezuo said.
“He is grateful to his colleagues and the people of Imo for the opportunity to serve as the number third citizen of the state for four years now.”
Ihim along with Majority Leader, Lugard Osuji, had been suspended on 15 May by 21 out of the 27 lawmakers over allegations of misconduct.