The impeached Majority Leader of the Imo House of Assembly, Uche Ogbuagu (APC–Ikeduru), has reacted to his removal as a principal officer in the Assembly.
Recall that Ogbuagu, who represents Ikeduru state constituency, had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shortly after Emeka Ihedioha was removed in January 2020 by the Supreme Court as governor in order to emerge a principal officer of the house.
At Thursday’s plenary which was held under tight security, Ogbuagu was removed by a majority vote.
The speaker, Paul Emezim, who was presiding the plenary announced that the majority leader of the house had been impeached.
He subsequently announced Kanayo Njoku (APC-Owerri West) as the new Majority Leader.
Reacting in a statement published by NAN, the former Majority leadercalled Emeziem’s action “comic”.
The lawmaker wondered why the letter he wrote to the House leadership on Wednesday was disregarded.
“I am surprised that the Speaker, Mr Paul Emeziem, decided to discountenance my letter to him yesterday, dated March 3, 2021 and read his ‘Comic letter of Removal’.
“There have been bombardment of calls and SMS to my phone lines by concerned Imolites and Houses across the globe to confirm the incidence.”
While calling on his supporters to remain calm, Ogbuagu said he was studying the development and would consult with the party’s leadership.