The speaker, Frank Okiye and deputy speaker of the Edo State house of Assembly have been impeached Mr Victor Edoror elected as his successor.
The action was carried out by a 17-man factional group house of assembly members who are loyal to the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Adams Oshiomhole, also impeached the Deputy Speaker, Roland Asoro. Emmanuel Agbaje of Akoko Edo Constituency II was announced as the new deputy speaker of the Edo house of assembly.
Theae factional group include 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant and it was gathered that the impeachment decision was taken at a private location in the Benin City, Edo State hours after security officials took over the State Assembly Complex and some men attacked the building, destroying parts of it.
Nerves are rising and the public is eager to know 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.
The series of events and the speaker and deputy speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly being impeached has been embroiled in a crisis since 2019, one that has now been worsened by the buildup to the governorship elections in the state.