I resigned to defend opposition, democracy in Imo -Ihim

Healthy opposition is the beauty of democracy”. Against this foot note, the Speaker of the transiting 8th House of the Imo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, has informed that,he resigned his office as speaker in defence of the mainstream opposition party, the Action Alliance, AA, with which platform he contested as running mate to Ugwumba Uche Nwosu in the 2019 governorship election.
Speaking in a telephone- interview with our reporter on Wednesday, the Speaker said that, his resignation was in the interest of his party, AA, adding that, irrespective of some minor squabbles that rocked leadership of the state parliament under his speakership in the last lap of the 8th House of the state Assembly,he considered it necessary to forgo his speakership and face squarely litigations at the Governorship Elections’ Petitions Tribunal between the AA candidate,a nd the PDP,others.
According to him, he left the affairs of the state legislature in the hand of Hon. Lawman Duruji(Ehime-Mbano) as speaker, so as to consolidate his ground at the tribunal in the election matter between Ugwumba Nwosu,and himself,against the PDP’s governorship candidate,Rt.Hon.Emeka Ihedioha,and his deputy,Gerald Irona,as the AA challenges the victory of the PDP in court.
He maintained that,concentrating the court matters is of paramount importance to his party,and the people of Imo state,who firmly believe and support opposition-democracy.
The resigned speaker further hinted that,his resignation was done in good fate,as he insisted that his quest for opposition-democracy in the state must not be in vain,given,the needed support of the party faithful and leadership in the state.
He,however noted with satisfaction that,contrary to insinuations and claims in some quarters,that he led the poorest state legislature between 2015–till date,the speaker said that,he honourably resigned ,securing all statutory,constitutional benefits due to him as former speaker of the state House of Assembly,even as he expressed hope that the AA will retrieve its mandate to govern the state in court.

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