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Imo speaker faces impeachment threat over forgery allegation


The Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Chike Olemgba, is facing an impeachment threat over allegations of forgery to obtain a travel permit. 

According to reports, Olemgba is alleged to have forged the signatures of Governor Hope Uzodimma and other appointees to obtain a travel permit for his relatives and church members. 

The Speaker, Rt Hon. Olemgbe, needed the signatures of the Governor, the SSG, and the liaison Officer to authenticate a travel permit for the trip, but it became obvious to him that Governor Uzodinma, his SSG, Chief Cosmos Iwu and the Abuja liaison Officer were not interested to attend to his request, he went ahead to forge their signatures.

“Left with no option in his state of anguish and frustrations, the Speaker was said to have gone ahead to allegedly forge the trio’s signatures with the help of some Imo Lawmakers who are currently at large and forwarded the same to the Chinese Embassy for approval, only for the embassy to revert to the Imo State liaison office in Abuja for confirmation where the forgery was discovered”. Part of the report reads

Olemgba has denied the allegations, stating that they are baseless and fabricated by his political enemies from the Imo North Senatorial zone who want to remove him from office. 

His Chief Press Secretary, Peter Uwa, has also issued a statement dismissing the allegations as false and malicious propaganda.

Uwa said, “The attention of the office of the incumbent Hon Speaker of the 10th Assembly of the 27-member Imo State Legislative House has been drawn to a funny, inglorious, baseless, and childish piece of information making the rounds in Social Media that Governor Hope Uzodimma’s political Son, the very vibrant young man widely acclaimed as the best Local Government Chairman (Ihitte-Uboma LGA) since the creation of Imo State of Nigeria in 1976 before becoming the speaker of the state legislative house, Rt Hon Chike Olemgbe forged the Signatures of the Governor, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma, the Secretary to the state government, Chief Cosmas Iwu and that of another government official, to enable him(the Speaker) obtain travel documents for about 30 persons.

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“We laughed hysterically after going through the writeup fabricated, manufactured, concocted, blended, and served undiluted (as it is bereft of journalistic standards) to the innocent and unsuspecting members of the public by the usual enemies of okigwe Senatorial District of Imo State.

“At first, our attitude towards that shady and malicious piece of propaganda that could never be proven in reality anywhere, any time under the Sun was to ignore it and allow its Authors and witch-hunting Sponsors to hit their empty Skulls on brick walls but, remembering that in some matters and issues of life, Silence might be interpreted as consent, we made U-turn and decided to react briefly.”

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The situation is currently developing, and what actions will be taken against Olemgba remains to be seen.