The Abia State House of Assembly has impeached the speaker and elected a new replacement.
Mr. Kennedy Njoku, representing Osisioma-Ngwa North Constituency, the new speaker in Abia State.
A majority of house members ousted the former Speaker, Chief Martins Azubuike, who represents Isialangwa North Constituency.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Dr. Cosmos Ndukwe, presided over the plenary.
Dr. Cosmos told newsmen that 20 out of 24 members signed the impeachment notice against Azubuike.
During the election conducted by the Clerk of the House, Mr. John-Pedro Irokansi, Njoku polled 17 votes to defeat Chief Chikwendu.
The Deputy Leader of the House, Chief Solomon Akpulonu, who moved the motion for Azubuike’s removal, gave reasons for the action.
According to Akpulonu, Azubuike “Failed to ensure equitable distribution of positions and powers among members.
“Azubuike was insensitive to the rights and needs of members and general staff of the assembly.”
“His autocratic practice has brought the assembly on a collision course with other arms and agencies of the state government.
“He has abused the office of the Speaker by using same for personal and private political interest.
“We did what we did pursuant to Section 92 (2c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“We, the members of the House, resolved to remove and hereby removed Martins Azubuike as Speaker,” Akpulonu said.
In his acceptance speech after his swearing-in, the new speaker thanked members for the confidence reposed in him.
Njoku gave assurance that the House under his leadership would make laws for the good governance of the state.
He said that the task ahead of the House was challenging adding that he appreciated the circumstances surrounding his emergence.
Meanwhile, the newly elected speaker also resigned his post after serving for 24 hours.
He has been replaced by Chikwendu Kalu who represents Isialangwa south constituency.