Abia elects new Speaker

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The Abia House of Assembly on Thursday, elected a news Speaker, Mr Kennedy Njoku, representing Osisioma-Ngwa North Constituency.
Abia elects new Speaker

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Njoku’s election
followed the removal of a former Speaker Chief Martins Azubuike,
representing Isialangwa North Constituency.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Dr Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over
the plenary, said 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

Kalu, representing Isialangwa South Constituency, who polled three votes.

The Deputy Leader of the House, Chief Solomon Akpulonu, representing
Obingwa East Constituency, who moved the motion for Azubuike’s removal,
gave reasons for the action.

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Akpulonu said that Azubuike “failed to ensure equitable distribution
of positions and powers among members,” adding that he was “insensitive
to the rights and needs of members and general staff of the assembly.”

He further said that “his autocratic practice has brought the
assembly on a collision course with other arms of government and
agencies of the state government.

“He has abused the office of the Speaker by using same for personal and private political interest.

“Therefore, 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.

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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.

In a brief interview with newsmen, Njoku also promised to give every
member a sense of belonging and avoid ‘’the banana peels’’ that swept
off his predecessor.

Akpulonu told newsmen that all efforts made to persuade Azubuike to
change his autocratic leadership style failed, hence the decision to
remove him from office.

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The effort made by newsmen to get Azubuike’s reaction on his removal
was unsuccessful as he was said to have left shortly before they arrived
at his official lodge on Okpara Avenue, Umuahia.

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