The Speaker of Imo House of Assembly, Mr. Kennedy Ibe, on Monday bowed to pressures and resigned.
Mr Emeka Nduka (APC, Ehime Mbano) was elected, making him the third speaker since Uzodimma took over on January 14, 2020.
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Ibe represents Obowo state constituency under APC.
The Deputy Speaker, Amarachi Iwuanyanwu (APC, Nwangele), presided over Nduka’s election during a closed-door special sitting.
He called for nominations after reading Ibe’s letter of resignation.
The new speaker was nominated by the Majority Leader, Mr Kanayo Onyemaechi (APC, Owerri West) and seconded by Dr Uju Onwudiwe (APC, Njaba).
Reasons for Ibe’s resignation have not been ascertained as at press time, but our correspondent gathered that he was given the option of resignation or impeachment.
Nduka’s emergence made him the fourth speaker of the ninth assembly.
The former speaker was inaugurated on November 8, 2021 following the impeachment of Mr Paul Emeziem (APC Onuimo).
Emeziem took over from Collins Chiji (APC Isiala Mbano) in November 2020 after he was impeached.