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Just in: 2 Speakers emerge in Anambra House of Assembly hours after Rita Maduagwu's impeachment

- Two Speakers have emerged in Anambra state House of Assembly after the impeachment of Rita Maduagwu

- The different Speakers were appointed by two factional group among the House members

- Maduagwu was impeached over allegations of financial impropriety, gross misconduct and incompetence

Following the impeachment of the Anambra state House of Assembly Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, two Speakers have emerged.

Punch reports that the House was divided among itself as the two different groups produced its own Speaker.

It was gathered that the emergence of the two Speakers followed after 22 out of 30 members of the House had claimed they had impeached Maduagwu over allegations of financial impropriety, gross misconduct, incompetence and sundry allegations.

The motion for the impeachment of Maduagwu was moved by Ikem Uzozie, representing AguataII constituency. He was seconded by Onyebuchi Offor (Ekwusigo constituency).

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However, three members of House who refused to joined exercise were suspended.

This led to the nomination of Uzozie as the Speaker by his group although the clerk of the House, Pius Udoh, allegedly sneaked out from the chamber, apparently to avoid swearing in Uzozie.

Speaking to journalists on the matter Udoh said the “purported impeachment did not meet the constitutional requirements”.

Also speaking, Maduagwu said her impeachment is “a bundle of illegality”.

“Nobody can impeach me because I have not committed any offence. They didn’t have any power known to any law to impeach me. They needed two-thirds of our members to impeach me or the governor. So, I’m still the speaker," Maduagwu said.

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The embattled Speaker who was surrounded by some government officials, including the Secretary to the State Government, Solo Chukwulobe, regained access to the chamber after about two hours and held a session with 11 members.

She further adjourned the house till November 15.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Speaker of the Anambra state House Assembly, Honourable Rita Maduagwu, has been impeached.

Maduagwu, the only current female Speaker in the country, was impeached by 22 out of 30 state assembly members.

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Honourabe Ikemba Uzoezie of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Honourable Onyebuchi Offor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) moved the motion to impeach the speaker. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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