Benue Speaker David Iorhemba Resigns

David Iorhemba

David Iorhemba

The Speaker, Benue House of Assembly, Mr David Iorhemba, on Thursday, resigned his appointment.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent, who covered the proceedings of the House, reports that Iorhemba tendered his resignation letter to the Clerk of the House, Dr Torese Agena..

The clerk, in turn, handed the letter to the Deputy Speaker, Dr Stephen Onmeje, who the read the letter to the members.

In the letter, Iorhemba said that he took the decision to protect the interest of his family and for other personal reasons, adding that his resignation took effect from Nov.8, 2012.

After reading the letter, Onmeje invited members for comments.

Mr Baba Odeh, (PDP-Otukpo/Akpa), said he understood the wordings of the letter “well”, stressing that members did not have any other option than to accept the letter.

Odeh, therefore, moved a motion that the seat of the Speaker be declared vacant and should be filled without delay.

Mr Benjamin Adanyi (ACN-Makurdi South), who seconded the motion, noted that the former speaker did a honourable thing and ought to be commended.

Ruling on the matter, Onmeje noted that members had no objection to the resignation and declared the post of the speaker vacant.

At this juncture, some people suspected to be thugs, came into the chamber of the assembly and chased members out.

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