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Cross River House Of Assembly Sheaths Sword, Reinstates Impeached Speaker

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

The Cross River House of Assembly has sheath its sword, forgiven and reinstated its Speaker, Mr Elvert Anyambem, who was recently impeached on ground of alleged financial impropriety.

It was said that during the sitting, Cyril Omini, representing Yakurr I State Constituency, moved a motion passing a vote of confidence on the speaker, which was supported by Kingsley Ntui, representing Etung constituency.

Recall that 17 out of the 25 members of the assembly signed the notice to impeach the speaker.

The members alleged that the speaker indulged in arbitrary expenditures in contravention of Section 9(1) of the state’s Legislative Funds Management Law, 2021.

Gov. Bassey Otu, on Monday, announced that he has brokered peace in the state assembly.

Otu said normalcy had returned to the house.

“I had a closed-door meeting with all the twenty-five members of the assembly on Sunday night.

“They all unambiguously agreed to restore normalcy and maintain the status quo with Elvert Ayambem remaining as their speaker,” the statement read in parts.

Also, in a statement in Calabar on Monday, Ayambem, had commended Otu for wading into the recent crisis in the assembly.

The speaker commended Otu for showing extraordinary leadership prowess in the face of the challenge. “I pledge my cooperation and commitment towards the growth and progress of both the assembly and the state as a whole.”

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