The deputy speaker, Ugonna Ozurigbo resigned on Thursday to add a new twist to the developing drama at Imo State House of Assembly.
Mr ozurigbo tendered his resignation letter less than 24 hours after 21 out of the 27 state lawmakers suspended Speaker Acho Ihim and the majority leader, Lugard Osuji and served impeachment notices on the speaker,
The lawmakers alleged that the two suspended principal officers had engaged in unparliamentary conduct by escaping with the mace during the Wednesday’s plenary.
The speaker had also ordered his aides to off the generator in a bid to avert impeachment.
Members had elected Chinedu Offor (Onuimo) as acting speaker and Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North) as new majority leader in their place.
The letter of resignation was personally signed by Ozurigbo and addressed to the speaker and members of the state House of Assembly, saying he was resigning to enable him to function well as a member-elect of the House of representatives.
He was in March declared the member-elect for Nwangele, Nkwerre, Isu, Njaba federal constituency of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)on the Platform of the All Progressives Congress.
The resignation letter read partly, “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.”