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Imo Speaker Runs Away With Mace, Switches Off Power To Avoid Impeachment

The Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, on Wednesday threw the House into commotion as he disappeared with the Assembly’s mace.

Consequently, 21 out of the state’s 27 lawmakers suspended him and immediately announced Chiendu Offor (Onuimo) of the Action Alliance as the interim Speaker.

Ihim, who presided over the Wednesday plenary, had read before the lawmakers a letter announcing the lifting of the suspension placed on the 27 local government chairmen by the state lawmakers last week.

The lawmakers were said to have raised objection to his action.

They had quoted Order 15 of the House Rule, which authorises them to contribute to issues before the Speaker rules.

But apparently in defiance, Ihim said that no lawmaker was allowed to contribute to the matter. He had afterward, adjourned the day’s business and allegedly ordered his aides to switch-off the generating set supplying power to the complex and then escaped with the mace.

Aside the Speaker, the House also suspended the Majority Leader of the House, Lugard Osuji; and elected Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North) in his place.

Addressing newsmen afterwards, the acting Speaker argued that the 21 lawmakers had served impeachment notices on Ihim and Osuji.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune before he left to join the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, Abuja in 2005 as Head, Media Relations. At the BPE, Sayo coordinated both local and international media for the Bureau’s events and activities. He led a group of Nigerian journalists to the transfer ceremony of West African Refineries Limited in which Nigeria had controlling shares in Sierra Leone to its buyer in 2006 under the privatisation programme of the Nigerian government. He was Accounts Manager (Client Service) at The Quadrant Company, Nigeria’s leading Public Relations outfit, between 2006 and 2007 where he managed Celtel, (now Airtel), LG Electronics and DHL amongst others. He led a team of twenty IT/Telecom Editors of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines to Tanzania in 2006 as part of the migration process of Celtel from Vmobile. In 2007, Sayo left for IMS Advertising Limited as General Manager, Reputation Management in a quest for robust integrated marketing communication expertise. The clientele included Nigerian Breweries Plc, Multi-links, Evan Medicals, Dorman Long and BGL amongst many others. He left in 2012 to set up Octopus Communication, an integrated marketing communication outfit, acting as PR consultant for IMS Advertising, Gilt-edge Advertising and others. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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