Ugonna Ozuruigbo, the deputy speaker of Imo state house of assembly, has resigned.
Ozuruigbo tendered his resignation letter on Thursday.
In the letter, addressed to the speaker and members of the state house of assembly, Ozuruigbo explained that he was resigning to enable him function well as a member-elect of the national house of representatives.
He was declared the winner of the Isu/Njaba/ Nkwerre/ Nwangele federal constituency of the state under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“As you already know, I have been sent to another four years mission by my federal constituency in Imo state, at the federal house of representatives, Abuja,” the letter read.
“This new task has come with its own challenges and expectations, especially need to play key roles in the formation of the National Assembly leadership, and time to strategically position, to pursue the greater interests of Imo state, south-east and Nigeria, at the federal legislature.
“Currently, these will make my availability in Imo state irregular. Hence, I seek your undertaking as I either save the office of Imo state Deputy speaker by resigning or allow my new engagements to suffer the office of Imo state deputy speaker by holding same tenaciously.
“Thus, for your efficiency and 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.”
The deputy speaker’s resignation comes less than 24 hours after 21 out of the 27 lawmakers served impeachment notices on Acho Ihim, the speaker, and Lugard Osuji, the majority leader, after suspending them.
Ihim was said to have been suspended after he adjourned the plenary and hurried out of the assembly with the mace on Wednesday.