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Speaker, Rivers House of Assembly Dabotorudima resigned his position as Speaker, shortly after Abia Speaker, Kennedy Njoku resigned his appointment.

The Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Adams Dabotorudima has resigned his position as Speaker, shortly after Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Chief Kennedy Njoku resigned his appointment.

In a dramatic twist, the former Speaker of the Rivers House of Assembly, Mr. Ibani Ikuinyi-Owaji, reemerged as the Speaker of the volatile House.

Ikuinyi-Owaji resigned from office a year ago on December 18, 2015 under controversial circumstances.

His immediate predecessor had succeeded him following his (Ikuinyi-Owaji) resignation in 2015.

On the other hand, Dabotorudima announced his own resignation during a sitting of the House on Friday (today).

Tha was shortly after the swearing-in of  the 12 lawmakers who won the December 10 legislative rerun in the state.

The new Speaker, Ibani Ikuinyi-Owaji, was immediately elected in an exercise that was conducted by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Marshal Uwom.

It may be recalled that Ikuinyi-Owaji resigned as Speaker on December 18, 2015 after Governor Nyesom Wike had presented the 2016 budget before the House.

Dabotorudima succeeded him in 2015.

In another bizarre development, the Speaker of Abia House of Assembly, Chief Njoku also resigned his appointment.

Njoku was elected at about 4.10 p.m. on Thursday following the impeachment of Chief Martins Azubuike over alleged gross financial misconduct and autocratic leadership style.

Njoku announced his resignation at the resumption of plenary at about 2.50 p.m. on Friday.

He thanked members for the confidence they reposed in him by electing him as Speaker.

He, however, promised to continue to provide effective representation to his Osisioma-Ngwa State Constituency.

The Deputy Speaker, Dr Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over the session, described Njoku’s resignation as “shocking.”

The Clerk of the House, Mr John-Pedro Irokansi, immediately called for an election to be conducted to fill the vacuum created by Njoku’s resignation.

The member representing Umuahia East Constituency, Mr Chukwudi Apugo, nominated Mr Chikwendu Kalu, representing Isialangwa South Constituency, and was seconded by Mr Ifeanyi Uchendu, representing Ohafia South Constituency.

Kalu was elected by consensus and was affirmed with a voice vote by the 24 members of the assembly.

With his election, Kalu, an Aba-based legal practitioner, emerged the tenth Speaker of the sixth Abia Assembly.

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