Anambra Assembly in Disarray as Speaker is ‘Impeached’

The Anambra State House of Assembly was thrown into confusion Tuesday over the impeachment of the Speaker, Ms Rita Mmaduagwu.

This followed a motion for impeachment moved by the member representing Aguata II Constituency, Mr Ikem Uzoezie, during plenary at the Assembly chamber in Awka, the state capital.

The lawmakers had accused Mmaduagwu of incompetency, financial impropriety and high-handedness, among other allegations.

About 22 members were present at the plenary but only three lawmakers initially kicked against the impeachment.

Following the adoption of the motion, Uzoezie was purportedly elected as the new speaker, ChannelsTV writes.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udoh, was also against the inauguration of the new speaker, saying the lawmakers did not follow due process.

Some of the other lawmakers, however, made a U-turn and upturned the impeachment process.

They stated that the allegations against the speaker were unsubstantiated and pledged their loyalty to her as the plenary was brought to an end and adjourned till Thursday.

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