Edo Assembly crisis: Members sit in Government House, replaces Deputy Speaker

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 3rd, 2014

The Edo State House of Assembly yesterday at the old exco chambers in the State Government House, impeached the Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea and replaced him with Victor Edoror.

Fifteen members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took part in the sitting.

Until late last year when Edoror defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC, Ebea was the only APC lawmaker from Edo Central Senatorial District.

The impeachment of the suspended Deputy Speaker was sequel to a motion moved by Foly Ogedengbe, chief whip of the House representing Owan East and seconded by Patrick Asowerien representing Orhionmwon constituency 1.

Similarly, the election of Victor Edoror as the Deputy Speaker was due to a motion moved by Bamidele Oloruntoba, representing Akoko- Edo constituency 1 and seconded by Sunday Osazemwinde representing Ovia North East constituency 1.

The lawmakers accused the suspended Deputy Speaker of allegedly breaking into the hallowed chambers to forcefully take over the office of the Speaker, Uyi Igbe, alleging “high handedness and gross misconduct”.

Reacting to the impeachment of the former Deputy Speaker, Emma Okoduwa, the minority leader of the House stated that the action of the APC lawmakers negate the constitutional provision that has to do with the impeachment of a Deputy Speaker.

The House has been in the news for weeks over speculation that some members were plotting the impeachment of Governor Adams Oshiomhole.

The Governor himself alleged that the APC members, who recently defected to the PDP were paid millions to commence process to unseat him.

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