Impeachment: Confusion as Anambra lawmakers fight


Anambra State Jouse of Assembly was on Thursday thrown into confusion as some members engaged in a fight over the reported impeachment of the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, by 22 out of the 30 members three weeks ago.

Maduagwu had arrived the chambers around 10.30am to find that only two of her supporters were in the chambers.

She left shortly after and returned at 2.30pm to discover that the new speaker, Ikem Uzoezie, had sat on the speaker’s seat.

They engaged in a fierce struggle for the seat even as members tried to pacify them.

At a point, two other members – Obinna Emenaka and Romanus Obi, almost got into an exchange of blows.

Emenaka, who is a Maduagwu loyalist, had recently suffered a car crash and resorted to using crutches.

Witnesses said he attacked Obi with the crutches but they were quickly taken away from him by another pro-Uzoezie lawmaker, Onyebuchi Offor.

Other members urhed Obi not to reply insults hurled at him by Emenaka.

The police had sealed the complex three weeks ago when the crisis broke out but opened it on Wednesday to enable members to sit.

The crisis broke out after the ruling party in the state, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, refused to give return tickets to some members of the house.





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