By Aishat Salihu
The Imo State House of Assembly which recently experienced blows of power tussle and on Thursday took a new twist, as the deputy speaker, Ugonna Ozurigbo tendered his resignation letter.
Mr Ozurigbo’s resignation which comes less than 24 hours following the suspension of the speaker, Acho Ihim and the majority leader, Lugard Osuji, after 21 out of the 27 state lawmakers served them impeachment notices.
However, the lawmakers said that the suspended principal members were involved in unparliamentary conduct during Wednesday’s plenary and had escaped with the mace.
Consequently, the lawmakers wasted no further time in electing Chinedu Offor (Onuimo) the acting speaker and Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North) the new majority leader.
The former deputy speaker, Ozurigbo in the eight paragraph letter of resignation received by the office of the Clark of the state House of Assembly on May 16 stated that he was resigning to enable him function well as a member-elect of the House of representatives.
The resignation letter partly reads, “As you already know, I have been sent to another four years mission by my federal constituency in Imo state, at the federal House of Representatives, Abuja.”
“This new task has come with its own challenges and expectations, especially need to play key roles in the formation of the National Assembly leadership, and time to strategically position, to pursue the greater interests of Imo state, South East and Nigeria, at the federal legislature. Currently, these will make my availability in Imo state irregular.”
“Hence, I seek your undertaking as I either save the office of Imo state Deputy speaker by resigning or allow my new engagements to suffer the office of Imo state Deputy speaker by holding same tenaciously”.
“Thus, for your efficiency and the good of Imo people, I hereby resign as the Rt Hon. deputy speaker of Imo state House of Assembly (8th House), effective from the date written above.He had been declared member-elect for Nwangele, Nkwerre, Isu, Njaba federal constituency of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission on the Platform of the All Progressives Congress in March.