By Peter Okolie, Owerri.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has received the new Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Emeka Nduka, following the resignation of the former Speaker, Kennedy Ibeh, earlier on Monday.
No reason was given for Ibeh’s resignation.
Receiving the speaker and some key legislative members at the Government House Owerri, Uzodimma commended them for the honour of introducing the new speaker to him.
He also commended the lawmakers for their peaceful conduct during the process that led to the election of the new speaker, saying that “it shows that African democracy is developing.
“We wish you well and we will continue to support the Assembly with facilities that will help you function effectively, as we have always done.
“I urge you to operate in a manner that will allow peaceful conduct of legislative duties and ensure that Imo people are better off,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the new speaker, Assemblyman Nduka (APC-Ehime Mbano), commended his colleagues for nominating and electing him as their “chief servant”.
Nduka promised to be transparent in his dealings, while ensuring that he carried out people-oriented programmes for the benefit of all.
“The harmonious relationship between the executive arm of government and the legislative arm of government will remain sacrosanct.
“By the special grace of God, I am going to live up to their expectations and up to the expectations of the people of Imo to make this government proud,” Nduka added.
Earlier, the Deputy Speaker, Amarachi Iwuanyanwu, who introduced the speaker to the governor, said that Nduka was nominated and elected unopposed as the speaker of the ninth Imo House of Assembly.
Iwuanyanwu, who said 20 lawmakers attended plenary for the day when the election took place, noted both members of the majority and minority caucus attended the swearing-in of Nduka.
He commended the governor for the rehabilitation of the Assembly complex, which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari during his recent visit to the state.