The Deputy Speaker, Imo House of Assembly, Ugonna Ozurigbo on Thursday, resigned his position in the house.
Ozurigbo was the member representing Nwangele Constituency on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA) in the State Assembly.
His resignation came on the heels of the purported impeachment served on the Speaker, Iheanacho Ihim (AA-Okigwe) on Wednesday.
In a letter addressed to the speaker, Mr Ozurigbo said that his resignation was to enable him to function well as a member-elect of the House of Representatives.
The letter reads: “As you already know, I have been sent to another four years mission by my federal constituency, nay Imo, at the House of Representatives, Abuja.
“This new task has come with its own challenges and expectations. I need to play key roles in the formation of the National Assembly leadership.
“This is the time to strategically position and pursue the greater interests of Imo, South East and Nigeria at the federal legislature.
“Currently, all these will make my availability in Imo irregular.
“Hence, I seek your understanding as I either save the office of Imo State Deputy Speaker by resigning or allow my new engagements to suffer the office by holding same tenaciously.”
Mr Ozurigbo added that his action became necessary to ensure the efficiency in the assembly and for the good of Imo people.
“I hereby resign as the Rt. Hon. Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly (8th House) effective from the date written above,” his stated.
But, the speaker, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo, denied that a notice of impeachment was served on him, adding that what transpired outside the chambers of the house after it had adjourned was “the usual tingling of love common between peaceful, happy and united brothers and sisters.”
He said impeachment notice was especially so because the business of the house of assembly is strictly conducted inside the main chambers of the assembly.