About 17 members of the Edo State House of Assembly have impeached the Speaker of the House, Mr Frank Okiye and elected Mr Victor Edoror as his successor.
The disarray in the Edo State House of Assembly with two different factions those loyal to the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki and those loyal to past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole who earlier this week impeached the Deputy Speaker, Roland Asoro. Emmanuel Agbaje of Akoko Edo Constituency II was announced as the new deputy speaker of the assembly.
The 17 who impeached the speaker Mr Frank Okiye, had, had their seats previously declared vacant. It is also gathered that the impeachment decision taken by the 17 was taken at a private location in the state capital and not at the designated Anthony Enahoro’s Edo State House of Assembly hours after security officials had taken over the state Assembly complex and some men had attacked the building earlier destroying some parts of the complex.
It is uncertain how this impeachment will play out as it was done outside the assembly complex and without the assembly’s mace, the symbol of authority of the parliament, Edo State House of Assembly has been embroiled in a crisis since 2019, one that has now been worsened by the buildup to the governorship elections in the state.
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