Ebonyi - The Ebonyi State House of Assembly has lifted the indefinite suspension placed on Mr Ikechukwu Nwankwo its former Speaker, impeached and suspended on Dec. 21, 2011.
Nwankwo, who was impeached for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office, was recalled on Thursday during an emergency session of the house.
Moving a motion for the lifting of the suspension, Mr Eni Chima, Member representing Afikpo South West Constituency, said that having shown enough remorse, coupled with a letter of apology to the house; the former speaker should be forgiven and recalled.
Seconding the motion, Mr Julius Nwokpor, Member representing Ishielu South Constituency, noted that the 10-month old suspension should be lifted since Nwankwo had also agreed to refund the funds he allegedly misappropriated.
Presenting the report, Mr Obasi Odefa, Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Financial Transactions and Misconduct of Nwankwo, said that although he had demonstrated enough remorse, Nwankwo should refund N105.6 million which he allegedly could not account for.
“A special account should be created where the instalmental payment from Nwankwo will be credited into.
“Nwankwo’s impeachment as Speaker on Dec. 21, 2011 still subsists and remain irrevocable,” he said.
NAN reports that the former speaker was invited into the chambers to affirm that he wrote the letter of apology and also attest to being of good conduct, before the final vote for his recall was made.
Mr Chukwuma Nwanzunku, Speaker of the House, then put the motion to vote and it was unanimously adopted by the members, leading to the lifting of the suspension.
NAN reports that Nwankwo’s reign as Speaker of the House, lasted from June 7 to Dec.20, 2011.