- Edo state is still gripped by tension as the guber election draws closer
- Showdown looms as 17 APC lawmakers loyal to Adams Oshiomhole insisted on holding sitting at the assembly complex
- The lawmakers had earlier impeached speaker of the state assembly and his deputy over loyalty to Governor Godwin Obaseki
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Tension is mounting in Edo ahead of the state guber election as seventeen lawmakers said to oppose to the reelection of Governor Godwin Obaseki insisted on holding sittings at the House of Assembly complex.
It would be recalled that the lawmakers, on Thursday, August 6, impeached the speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.
The said impeachment took place at a private location in Benin City hours after security officials took over the state assembly complex.
Before the 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 All Progressives Congress (APC) joined them in the impeachment proceedings against the speaker and his deputy.
The federal government has since ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to provide security for the 17 Edo APC lawmakers in the House.
A possible clash between the 17 lawmakers and those loyal to Governor Obaseki is now looming as impeached speaker Frank Okiye posited that the take-over of the assembly by the APC-backed lawmakers is an act of illegality which cannot stand.
Edo guber election will hold on September 19 in the 18 local government areas of the state with PDP and APC highlighting the preelection battle of wits.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that a Federal High Court in Abuja has taken action on a suit seeking the disqualification of Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the APC, and his running mate, Audu Ganiyu from the coming election in Edo state.
The court in a suit filed by Momoh Abdul-Razak and Zibiri Muhizu, both members of the APC, ordered substituted service on Ize-Iyamu and Audu Ganiyu.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/758/2020, seeks to disqualify the APC governorship candidate from the Edo governorship election on the allegation that his running mate, Ganiyu submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to aid his qualification for the poll
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