- The deputy speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly has been impeached
- Honourable Yekini Idiaye was impeached days after he declared support for the APC
- In his place, Honourable Roland Asoro, has been elected deputy speaker
The deputy speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye has been impeached.
He was impeached on Wednesday, August 5 during a plenary session of the assembly in Benin city, the state capital.
In his place, Honourable Roland Asoro, the member representing Orhionmwon II Constituency in the Edo state House of Assembly has been elected deputy speaker.
Idiaye had earlier declared his support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Reacting to Idiaye's declaration, the Edo state deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu said: “Hon Agbaje and Hon. Yekini collected N40 million each to throw their support for Ize-Iyamu. Oshiomhole also gave N5 million each to councillors to switch loyalty and support the APC candidate.”
The deputy governor also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ask Oshiomhole where he got such an amount of money to bribe the lawmakers.
“We know President Muhammadu Buhari is fighting corruption and should call Oshiomhole and ask him where he got such money from,” he concluded.
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Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has reassured that his administration remains committed to the protection of lives and property of citizens across all communities of the state.
The governor made the comment while reading the riot act to those planning acts of violence ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
In a related development, a group, Edo Youths for Progress, have vowed to resist ploys to subvert the will of the majority of Edo people, relying on brute force, violence and intimidation in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The youth, drawn from the 18 local government areas of the state, said they are willing and ready to defend their votes, whilst ensuring that an unpopular candidate is not foisted on Edo people.
Speaking to journalists in Benin city, secretary of the group, Osahon Isibor, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the police and other security agencies to ensure the conduct of a free, fair and credible election in Edo state on Saturday, September 19.
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