Hon. Kennedy Njoku, has resigned as the Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly.
His resignation is coming less than 24 hours after he was elected.
Njoku was elected at about 4.10 p.m. on Thursday following the impeachment of Martins Azubuike over alleged financial misconduct and autocratic leadership style.
Njoku, who announced his resignation at the resumption of plenary at about 2.50 p.m. on Friday, thanked members for the confidence they reposed in him by electing him as Speaker.
The Deputy Speaker, Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over the session, described Njoku’s resignation as “shocking”.
Njoku, however, promised to continue to provide effective representation to his Osisioma-Ngwa State Constituency.
The Clerk of the House, John-Pedro Irokansi, immediately called for an election to be conducted to fill the vacuum created following Njoku’s resignation.
The member representing Umuahia East Constituency, Chukwudi Apugo, nominated Chikwendu Kalu, representing Isialangwa South Constituency, and was seconded by Ifeanyi Uchendu, representing Ohafia South Constituency.
Mr. Kalu was elected by consensus and was affirmed with a voice vote by the 24 members of the Assembly.