It has come to light after Tuesday’s ouster of Chinedum Orji as speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly that he was a part of a scheme to have him fired.
A group of members who accused the Speaker, also known as Ikukuoma (Goodwind), of failing to involve them in the activities of the House attempted to have him removed from office.
Orji, however, pulled off a surprise by unexpectedly invading the House building and taking the Speaker’s chair.
Nine members of the House, led by Orji, were immediately suspended after the coup attempt against him was allegedly foiled.
Ifeanyi Uchendu, the deputy speaker, was one of those who had been suspended; Mandela Obasi promptly took his place.
One of them is the suspended Deputy Speaker, Ifeanyi Uchendu, who, until his defection from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, or APGA, was close to the Speaker.
Others included Kennedy Njoku, from Osisioma North, and Aaron Uzodike, from Aba North, both of whom were claimed to have achieved political prominence with the help of the Speaker.
Three weeks before the current House is set to adjourn, a source in the House of Assembly informed Newsmen that the Speaker was astonished to learn that his dependable friends and political allies could stage a coup against him.
Ifeanyi Uchendu, the suspended former Deputy Speaker, claimed that his ouster and suspension were merely a jamboree and that they would not end.
During a press conference, Uchendu insisted that he was still the Deputy Speaker and claimed that his alleged removal did not comply with Section 92 of the Constitution.
Furthermore, he insisted that the Speaker was ineligible to suspend him because he had been impeached.
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