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Edo House Of Assembly Speaker Impeached, New Speaker Emerges



The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Okiye has been impeached by 9 out of 10 members of the Assembly.

The lawmakers also elected Hon. Marcus Onobun as the new Speaker of the Assembly.

This happened during the house plenary on Monday, 12th October.

Naija News understands the motion for Okiye’s impeachment was moved by Henry Okhurobo, the house majority leader, and seconded by Yekini Idaiye, the lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo I.

Okiye was removed over allegations of “high-handedness.”

Onobun, representing Esan-west constituency, after he was sworn in as the new speaker, appreciated his colleagues for their trust in him and immediately dissolved all the standing committees of the House.

The new speaker also set up a three-man committee to look into the financial records of the assembly under the leadership of the impeached Okiye.

Originally, the Edo Assembly is expected to have 24 members, however, only 10 were controversially inaugurated by Governor Godwin Obaseki last year and the controversy surrounding the position of the 14 other lawmakers who were not inaugurated lingers in the state up till now.

The inaugurated members include seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers and three others belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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