Imo speaker stops entitlement of PDP principal officers

Imo speaker stops entitlement of PDP principal officers

- Imo state House of Assembly speaker, Acho Ihim, has issued a directive that all financial entitlements of PDP principal officers with the exemption of the minority leader, Ken Agbim, be stopped

- The speaker attributed paucity of funds for the directive, adding that only the minority leader will be paid

- He also dissolved all House committees and named new principal officers

The speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, on Wednesday, December 13, ordered that all financial entitlements of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) principal officers be stopped, The Guardian reports.

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NAIJ.com gathered that the minority leader of the House, Ken Agbim, was exempted from this directive.

Ihim cited paucity of funds at the Imo House of Assembly for the action.

He said: “Due to paucity of funds at the Imo House of Assembly, we reduce the recognition in financial terms of all principal officers of the minority party. Henceforth, only the minority leader will be recognised.”

The speaker also dissolved all House committees and named new principal officers.

The new principals are Arthur Egwim (APC, Ideato North) who replaced Marcel Odunze (APC, Orlu) as chief whip while Obinna Egu (APC, Ngor Okpala) emerged new deputy chief whip.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Ihim, denied the claim that the state lawmakers endorsed Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, as the next governor of the state by 2019.

Ezediaro, the House committee chairman on petroleum, representing Oguta state constituency, had earlier claimed that the House had endorsed Nwosu, who is also the chief of staff to the governor, as the best person to succeed Okorocha in 2019.

The speaker denied this claim in a press statement by his chief press secretary, Marcel Ekwezuo, on Sunday, December 10.

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Source: Naija.ng

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