Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon Okey Nwakanwa on Tuesday, resigned his position, following the emergence of Hope Uzodinma as Governor of the State.
This is even as nine lawmakers decamped from their parties to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in the State.
Allegations of financial impropriety were levelled against the former Deputy Speaker over the official cars of the lawmakers late last year.
Besides, the Deputy Speaker hails from the same senatorial zone as the new Governor.
Following the emergence of Governor Hope Uzodinma, it became apparent that Nwakanma must resign his position, to align with the political equations of the State. No replacement has been announced yet for Nwakanma.
Meanwhile, nine lawmakers drawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Action Alliance (AA); and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) have decamped to the APC.
The PDP lawmakers who decamped were: Hon Chyna Iwuanyanwu of Nwangele state constituency; Hon Chidem Emelumba of Okigwe; and Hon Herculus Okoro of Ohaji-Egbema state constituency.
Lawmakers from AA were Hon Arthur Egwim of Ideato North; Hon Johnson Duru of Ideato south; Ngozi Obiefule of Isu state constituency; and Hon Obinna Okwara of Nkwerre State constituency.
While the APGA lawmakers were: Hon Paul Emeziem of Onuimo constituency; Ekene Nnodumele of Orsu.
As it stands APC has 10 seats; while PDP has 13 and is still in majority.
Sources say the Speaker, Dr Chiji Collins may decamp if the APC gains majority to save his position.
The lawmakers announced their new parties during plenary on Tuesday, when they resumed from the yuletide break.
Meanwhile, the battle has shifted to who will emerge the Deputy Speaker in the days to come.