Kennedy Ibe, erstwhile Imo State House of Assembly speaker who promised to deliver the state’s votes to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu has been impeached.
Emeka Nduka has been elected as the new assembly speaker.
Nduka, the assembly member representing the Ehime Mbano State Constituency was sworn-in by the Clerk of the Assembly, Chinelo Emeghara, and was congratulated by the Deputy Speaker, Amara Iwuanyanwu, the Majority Leader, Kanayo Onyemaechi of Owerri West, and ranking lawmaker, Ngozi Obiefule of Isu State Constituency.
Ibe, the member representing Obowo State constituency was elected as speaker in November 2021, after Paul Emezim was impeached as the speaker.
Ibe was on suspension when he was elected as the number one man of the legislature.
Ibe sparked controversy on July 16 after saying that the candidate of Labour Party for the 2023 general, Mr Peter Obi is on his own.
Ibeh said that the South East was for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu.
Speaking during meeting of APC Assembly Speakers with Tinubu in Abuja, the speaker said despite the enthusiasm of Mr Obi on social media, South East will vote for Tinubu.
He said: “His Excellency, Hope Uzodimma asked me to assure you that Imo and the South East are for you.
“The Labour Party candidate, Peter Obi is on his own. If we are obedient, we are obediently in support of the APC. Imo will vote for the APC in 2023” .