Imo Assembly removes majority leader as leadership crisis deepens
By Buchi Iwuji (Owerri)
The internal rumble in Imo State House of Assembly has resulted to the unceremonious removal of Hon. Uche Ogbuagu, member representing Ikeduru State Constituency as the majority leader while Kanayo Onyemaechi, who represents Owerri West, takes over from him with immediate effect.
The speaker, Paul Emeziem, announced the new development during the plenary on Thursday.
According to Emeziem, the removal of Ogbuagu was part of the resolutions reached at the end of the meeting of the All Progressive Congress, APC, caucus in the House. He further disclosed that the APC caucus also passed a vote of ‘explicit’ confidence on the state governor, Hope Uzodinma.”
“After the meeting of the Imo State lawmakers of APC extraction, that is APC caucus, and after exhausting the agenda of the meeting, the following decisions were reached. The caucus declared their unalloyed support for His Excellency, Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State for showing capacity and sagacity in the leadership of APC and the state at large.
“Again, to notify the house of the new changes in the leadership of the caucus of the party in the Imo State House of Assembly. Hon. Uche Ogbuagu, member representing Ikeduru State Constituency is now the former Majority Leader and Hon. Kanayo Onyemaechi, representing Owerri West is now the current Majority Leader of APC caucus in the Imo State House of Assembly.” Emeziem announced.
Meanwhile, speaking to newsmen shortly after the plenary, the House Chairman on Information, Ethics and Privileges, Johnson Duru said the change was part of measure needed to move the Assembly forward. According to him,” Ogbuagu’s removal has nothing to with under performance and mediocrity but a natural phenomenon in every parliament. Just take it that the House needed a change.”
It could be recalled that Ogbuagu, who won his election under the PDP platform, defected to APC shortly after the Supreme Court ousted Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state and declared Uzodimma in his place.
Our correspondent who monitored event at the Assembly reported that Ogbuagu’s impeachment maybe linked to a recent faceoff he had with the deputy speaker, Amara China Iwuanyanwu, who is now seen as powerful in the House following his perceived affiliation with the state governor.