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Imo assembly impeaches speaker as Ebonyi suspends lawmaker

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The Imo State House of Assembly has impeached its Speaker, Chiji Collins.

This came with the suspension a member of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Victor Aleke, representing Ebonyi North West Constituency, by the Assembly over alleged misconduct.

Collins was impeached during a plenary on Friday.

The motion for his impeachment was supported by 19 out of 27 lawmakers of the assembly present at the plenary.

He was accused of financial impropriety, high handedness and other forms of gross misconduct.

In Ebonyi, Aleke was reportedly suspended after a motion of urgent public importance was moved by the house leader, Victor Chukwu.

An attempt to also suspend the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Mr Clement Odah, did not however go through as the matter was stood down.

Odah was reportedly indicted by an ad hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the financial activities of Ohaukwu council.

Aleke was not present at the chamber when he was suspended.

Aleke was said to have refused to join the state governor Dave Umahi to the All Progressives Congress.

But the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Arinze Chukwu-Lucas, said the suspension had nothing to do with the governor’s defection.

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Wike, BoT meeting inconclusive as Atiku flags off campaign Oct 10

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

• Rivers gov pledges commitment to peace

• NWC in marathon meeting over party crisis

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APC rally: Scores injured as Auxiliary allegedly attacks Tinubu, Folarin supporters in Ibadan

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•Nothing of such happened—PMS

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PDP Housing allowance’s crisis takes new twist

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PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu

The last is yet to be heard about the refund of over N150 million housing allowance by six members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Staff of the National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, on Tuesday, rejected copies of the widely publicized letters returning various sums ranging from N28.8 million to N36 million representing three years of housing allowances of NWC members.

Vanguard gathered that the letters written by the Deputy National Chairman (South) Taofeek Arapaja; National Vice Chairman (South South), Chief Dan Orbih; National Vice Chairman (South West) and National Women Leader, Prof. Stella Affah-Attoe, last week were only taken to the National Chairman’s office this morning.

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In their separate letters, the party officers returned the various sums arguing that the payments were suspicious. While Arapaja got N36 million of the said money transferred into his bank account, the three others got N28.8 million each.

A source in the party’s National Secretariat who confided in Vanguard said, “Arapaja and the National Woman’s leader’s letters in which they said they were returning their housing allowance which they shared on social media last week was just brought to the office this morning (Tuesday).

“Arapaja’s letter which was written on PDP letterhead was sent via courier. The man is still here.

“That’s what he could have sent through his secretary if mischief was not intended

“They had lied that they submitted their letters to the chairman. It’s today they are struggling to.

“How can the Chairman receive letters from his colleagues via courier?”

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