The Imo state deputy speaker; Ugonna Ozurigbo has just resigned after the main speaker was suspended, recently. His resignation has sparked another controversy especially as it is coming shortly after the suspension of the speaker; Acho Ihim, who escaped with the Mace, to avoid impeachment. It was also done less than 24 hours after 21 out of the 27 state lawmakers served Acho Ihim and the majority leader, Lugard Osuji, impeachment notices on the speaker, right after suspending them.
The letter of resignation which was signed personally by Ugonna Ozurigbo was addressed to the speaker and members of the state House of Assembly. In the letter, he stated that the reason for his resignation was to enable him to function well as a member-elect of the House of representatives. A part of the letter read;
“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.”
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