The Abia Assembly speaker, Njoku, was elected at about 4.10pm on Thursday, after the Assembly impeached Chief Martins Azubuike over alleged gross financial misconduct and autocratic leadership style.
Not giving any reason for quitting the job, Njoku who announced his resignation at the resumption of plenary at about 2.50pm yesterday said he did so “on personal grounds”.
Hethanked members for the confidence they reposed in him by electing him as Speaker.
The Deputy Speaker, Dr Cosmos Ndukwe, who presided over the session, described Njoku’s resignatioas “shocking”.
The Clerk of the House, Mr. John-Pedro Irokansi, immediately called for an election to be conducted to fill the vacuum created by Njoku’s resignation.
The member representing Umuahia East Constituency, Mr Chukwudi Apugo, nominated Mr Chikwendu Kalu, representing Isialangwa South Constituency, and was seconded by Mr Ifeanyi Uchendu, representing Ohafia South Constituency.
Kalu was elected by consensus and was affirmed with a voice vote by the 24 members of the assembly.