Again: Abia speaker resigns after being sworn-in

Not more than 24 hours after he was voted for, the Speaker of the  6th Abia  State House of Assembly, Hon Bishop Kennedy Azubuike Njoku, the 9th Speaker of Abia state House of Assembly has resigned his appointment.

He presented his resignation on the floor of the House shortly after resuming duty as the 9th speaker of the House, saying that he was doing so for personal reasons.

Njoku, contested for the position of the Speaker on Thursday,  December 29, 2016, with Hon Chikwendu Enyinnaya Kalu,  from Isialangwa South state Constituency , and had an overwhelming victory,  by securing 16 votes against 3 votes gotten by his opponent,  Kalu.

His resignation gave rise to the necessity of  filling the vacuum created by his  action as the  constitution did not make provision for a vacuum in the House.

Thus , when it was time for the nomination of a candidate to fill the position left by Njoku, ironically, his former opponent, Hon Chikwendu Enyinnaya Kalu ,  was nominated by Hon Chukwudi Apugo, representing Umuahia East state Constituency  and the nomination was seconded and closed when there was no indication for the nomination of another person, by members of the House.

Saturday Sun learnt that Chikwendu  Enyinnaya Kalu subsequently accepted the nomination, which was not opposed by any member of the House .He  was later to take  both  the oath of allegiance and oath of office.

Having taken the oaths as the 10th speaker  of the Assembly,  Kalu  thanked the House for finding him worthy of the position.

He also  thanked God for  the understanding that has been  established in the House by members, believing that with the  cooperation of members,  , the sky would be their  limit.

“ I accept this position with all candor,  sense of sincerity, and hope  that this  House can move Abia state forward.”

The new Speaker later performed his first official duty when he received the State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu who presented the 2017 budget to the House.

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8 Comments

  1. Huun! I hope all is well with them all.

    Or how do we explain the decision of a honourable who for all reasons and factors (including personal reason) contested and won a contest in as wide margin as 16:3; got sworn in as Speaker only to resign barely 24hours.

    Or justify the action of the Assembly that rejected someone in a fairly contested bout while scoring less than 20% of voters only to turn around to swear him in as Speaker; not even in acting capacity?

    How would the new speaker think he could manage the affairs of the house fairly with such poor popularity?

    Food for thought.

  2. @Larry,open ur eyes.The guy been no know wetin dey down as written by the God fathers wen make am possible for am to enter there.Na less than 24 hours he discova say he fit die before him time if he no play to their bidden.
    God help Nija

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