- 17 lawmakers of the Edo state House of Assembly claimed that they have impeached the speaker of the House and his deputy
- 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant were said to have taken part in the impeachment proceedings
- The political tension in Edo state has heightened following the buildup to the governorship elections in the state
The political tension in Edo state escalated on Thursday, August 6, after 17 lawmakers of the Edo state House of Assembly with affiliations to the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed that they have impeached the speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.
According to the Guardian newspaper, the 17 members included the 14 members whose seats were previously declared vacant.
The newspaper reported that the said impeachment took place at a private location in Benin City, hours after security officials took over the state assembly complex.
It was reported that before the said impeachment occurred, the 14 lawmakers-elect whose seats were previously declared vacant were first sworn in. Then three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC joined them in the impeachment proceedings against the speaker and his deputy.
The 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.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has warned that the current happenings in Edo signal grave danger to the law and order in the state and forthcoming governorship elections.
Legit.ng gathered that the 2019 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate revealed this on his social media platform on Thursday, August 6, in reaction to scenario at the Edo State House of Assembly.
According to the PDP chieftain, the country has been on edge due to the brinkmanship of those charged with democratic leadership.
Atiku went on to note that what is happening in the southsouth state is a threat to constitutional order nationwide, adding that if the rule of law and order was not followed there will be danger.
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