Abia Speaker resigns 24hours after election

The Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Kennedy Njoku,who was elected on Thursday resigned yesterday from the position in a dramatic circumstance.

The Abia Assembly speaker, Njoku, was elected at about 4.10pm on Thursday, after the Assembly impeached Chief Martins Azubuike over alleged gross financial misconduct and autocratic leadership style.Not giving any reason for quitting the job, Njoku who announced his resignation at the resumption of plenary at about 2.50pm yesterday said he did so “on personal grounds”.

He thanked members for the confidence they reposed in him by electing him as Speaker.

The Deputy Speaker, Dr Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over the session, described Njoku’s resignatioas “shocking”.

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The Clerk of the House, Mr. John-Pedro Irokansi, immediately called for an election to be conducted to fill the vacuum createdby Njoku’s resignation.

The member representing Umuahia East Constituency, Mr Chukwudi Apugo, nominated Mr Chikwendu Kalu, representing Isialangwa South Constituency, and was seconded by Mr Ifeanyi Uchendu, representing Ohafia South Constituency.

Kalu was elected by consensus and was affirmed with a voice vote by the 24 members of the assembly.

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