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Cross River Assembly impeaches speaker, Ayambem

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In a significant political development, the Cross River State House of Assembly has impeached its Speaker, Rt. Hon. Elvert Ekom Ayambem, from office.

The Speaker was removed on Wednesday by 17 members of the House over allegations of misappropriation of funds.

Majority of the lawmakers passed a no-confidence vote on the Rt. Hon. Ayambem, about 11 months in office.

The impeachment motion was moved by Hon. Effiom Ekarika representing Calabar South 1 Constituency and seconded by Hon. Omang Charles Omang representing Bekwarra State Constituency.

Rt Hon Elvert Ayambem was elected Speaker of the 10th Cross River State House of Assembly in June 2023.

Ayambem represents Ikom 2 State Constituency in the Houses of Assembly.

During the impeachment face-off, one of the lawmakers made a dash for the mace, which is the symbol of authority of the speaker.

However, the legislator with the mace refused to let go, leading to a struggle and a brawl in the the chamber.

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