Acho Ihim, the former Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly and running mate to the governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2019 election, Uche Nwosu, has dumped the party.
He defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday during the Inauguration of the Imo State house of Assembly.
Ihim said: “There is an end to litigation. God has chosen Rt hon Emeka Ihedioha to lead and move Imo forward and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
“Having come to this after consulting my conscience, my family, and my constituents, I have chosen to drop the litigation going on In court today. I am here to tell you that I am not part of it”.
Ihim had resigned on May 28, hours to the inauguration of Ihedioha.
His spokesman, Ekwezuo, who confirmed the development, said: “The speaker has resigned. He tendered his resignation letter today, May 28 and resigns with immediate effect.
“He is grateful to his colleagues and the people of Imo for the opportunity to serve as the number third citizen of the state for four years now”.
In a swift action, the Imo lawmakers elected Mr Lawman Duruji (Ehime Mbano) to replace Ihim.
Duruji, who scored 14 votes to defeat Chinedu Offor (Onuimo) who polled 11 votes, was immediately declared acting Speaker of the House by the clerk of the Assembly.
Chika Madumere (Nkwerre) with 11 votes defeated Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) who got nine votes to win the position of deputy speaker, and was so declared by the clerk.
Ihim was earlier suspended along with Majority Leader, Lugard Osuji, from the House on May 15 by 21 out of the 27 lawmakers over allegations of misconduct against the interest of the legislature.
Okorocha’s in-law, Nwosu reacts to defection of his running mate, Ihim to PDP
Governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has spoken on the defection of his running mate, Rt. Hon. Iheanacho Ihim, in the last election, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday.
Nsowu, a son-in-law to former Governor Rocha’s Okorocha, was Chief of Staff in the previous Imo government.
His reaction was contained in a statement by his spokesman, Onwuasoanya Jones.
It said Nwosu believes that Ihim, like every Nigerian, reserved the right to freedom of association and that he wishes him well in his sojourn with the PDP.
He thanked thanked Ihim for his services to the State in different capacities and assured him of a continued friendship whether in politics or outside.
Nwosu encouraged his supporters never to worry over unfolding developments in the polity.
In his words; “My resolve to reclaim our stolen mandate is strong and unshaken, and I will encourage all of us to remain steadfast as there will certainly be light at the end of the tunnel.”
Nwpsun, however, congratulated the newly inaugurated members of the 9th Imo State House of Assembly.
He charges them to strictly abide by every word of their oath of office and remain loyal, first, to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the people of Imo State”, the statement added.