Insinuation I funded my deputy’s removal with N10m bribe childish – Imo Speaker

The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Paul Emeziem, on Wednesday denied the accusation that he engineered the impeachment of his deputy, Amara Iwuanyanwu, with N10m largesse.

He added that Iwuanyanwu’s impeachment received jubilation from Imolites.

Iwuanyanwu was on Tuesday impeached by 18 out of the 27 lawmakers of the assembly.

But the loyalist of the impeached deputy speaker took to the social media, accusing the speaker of inducing some lawmakers with N10m largesse to remove Iwuanyanwu.

However, Emeziem in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Collins Osuji, asked Iwuanyanwu not to drag him into his political problem.

He explained that he only implemented the decision of the majority of the lawmakers as the House rules demand.

The statement reads partly, “In the first instance, the report that the Speaker induced the members with N10m each to facilitate the Iwuanyanwu’s removal was not only laughable, misleading, but childish.

‘Also, that the Speaker and the members were bought over by some undisclosed politicians in the state to carry out the decision and by extension destabilise the state government led by His Excellency, Hope Uzodinma, was nowhere near the truth and should totally be disregarded.”.

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The statement added, “We wish to state categorically that even though the removal of Hon. Iwuanyanwu had received widespread jubilation from well-meaning Imolites and beyond, it was never a personal decision of the Speaker.

“To the best of our knowledge, the Speaker was bounded by the law to respect the decision of the majority of the House which he presides over.

“Even as we acknowledge the pains and humiliation the decision may have caused the affected person, going to the media to misinform the general public in attempt to dent the good image of the Speaker was uncalled for, uncivilized and shameful.

“We therefore want to use this medium to appeal to Imolites and the general public to treat the trending misleading and lies-infested reports with levity as they can only come from a power-drunk or drowning person or persons.”

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