Six Imo lawmakers decamp to PDP as House gets acting Clerk

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No fewer than six members of the Imo House of Assembly yesterday dumped their parties for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The members made the disclosure during the valedictory session of the eighth Assembly in Owerri.

The decamped lawmakers include; Chiji Collins of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Isiala Mbano; while Mike Iheanetu (Aboh Mbaise); Ukoha Broho (Ezinihitte Mbaise); Victor Onyewuchi (Owerri West); Ken Agbim (Ahaizu Mbaise) and Lloyd Chukwuemeka (Owerri North), were from Action Alliance (AA).

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The members officially submitted a letter expressing their concerted desire to incumbent Speaker, Hon. Chinedu Offor, noting that they were defecting in the overall interest of the state.

“The movement is in good faith and in our efforts to move the state forward. We thank our numerous constituents for their continuous support,” the letter read in part.

In a related development, Speaker Offor sworn in Mrs. Chinelo Emehara, a lawyer, as acting Clerk of the Imo House of Assembly and charged her to discharge her duties in the overall interest of the state.

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It will be recalled that erstwhile Clerk of the House, Mr. Christian Duru, was suspended on June 3 for allegations of misconduct.

Offor, however, used the valedictory session to thank House members for their hard work and patriotism since the inauguration of the Assembly on June 11, 2015.

The speaker wished the incoming assembly success while mentioning the achievements of the outgoing assembly to include the presentation of 204 bills.

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