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Anambra Speaker impeached over financial impropriety

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Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Rita Maduagwu has been impeached by 2/3 majority members.

Maduagwu, who was impeached at about 2pm yesterday by 22 out of 30 members of the state assembly described the action as a mere figment of imagination of the members.

The impeached speaker who represents Nnewi South two state constituency on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was removed following a motion moved by a member of the house, Hon Ikem Uzoezie and seconded by Hon Onyebuchi Offor.

Part of the reason for her impeachment were stated as financial impropriety, gross misconduct and docility.

Uzoezie also a member of the state ruling party, APGA, representing Aguata two state constituency was announced as the new speaker.

Hon Onyebuchi Offor, the only Peoples Democratic Party, PDP member of the house told journalists at the state assembly complex that the former speaker stands removed, and that the house has adjourned for Thursday 15th November, when the house will reconvene to take stock.

According to him, “Am not feeling very strong, but what I just told you is authentic and nothing stops it.”

Maduagwu told journalists that the members who purportedly impeached her did not have 2/3 majority as required to execute such action.

It was however gathered that the state Governor, Chief Willie Obiano quickly sent some government emissaries like the Secretary to the state Government and Chief of Staff, Prof. Solo Chukwudebelu and Primus Odili respectively to the Legislative Complex to intervene and upturn her impeachment.

Odili who rushed to the assembly complex just minutes after the impeachment, was seen making contacts and trying to mobilise the members for a meeting, even as it was not clear if he made any impact from the move.

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