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Controversy trails alleged resignation of Ebonyi Deputy Speaker

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FRESH controversy erupted in Ebonyi House of Assembly on Monday, as a faction declared the constituency seat of the Deputy Speaker, Obasi Odefa , vacant due to a letter of resignation allegedly written by him.

  The House, with 15 members in attendance, elected Kingsley Ịkoro (Afikpo North West) as the new deputy speaker.

  But Mr Odefa denied writing the letter, maintaining that he remains the deputy speaker.

  Mr Odefa alleged on Saturday, that some of his colleagues were planning to illegally remove him due to his refusal to defect from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

  Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Ogbonnaya Nwifuru, had on Monday, declared the seat of the Deputy Speaker vacant after reading a purported letter from Odefa stating his alleged resignation as a member of the state Assembly.

  Reading the letter, Nwifuru noted that Odefa in the letter said the resignation was to enable him concentrate and do some other business.

 “Letter of resignation as a member of Ebonyi State House of Assembly. “I, Hon.Obasi Odefa Obasi Odefa, representing Onicha East Constituency do hereby resign my seat in Ebonyi State House of Assembly, on this day, 15th November 2021, after due consultation with my family, selected stakeholders and my political associates. This will give me time to pursue other engagement.

  “Mr. Speaker sir, I wish to use this medium to thank you immensely for your kindness to me throughout my stay in this house. I cease today,15th day of November, 2021 to be a member of this house. Thank you and God bless you very sincerely”, as read out by Nwifuru.

  Nwifuru after reading the letter declared the seat of Onicha East Constituency, being the constituency Odefa was representing vacant.

  He swore in Kingsley Ogbonnaya lkoro, representing Afikpo North West State Constituency, as the new Deputy Speaker of Ebonyi State Assembly.

  In a swift reaction, Obasi debunked the said resignation, reiterating he never authorised any document of such.

  He said, “Ordinarily, this state has been peaceful, or should I say it has been in the peace of the grave yard. It does appear as if a desperate ambitions of a few individuals is more paramount than the interest of the people of Ebonyi State. This madness for power should have a limit or whatever it’s so called,” he said.

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