- Unknowns thugs have been sighted at the Edo House of Assembly
- The terror-looking hoodlums sat at the entrance to the building reportedly smoking weed
- The complex has been under lock since the removal of the EDHA speaker and his deputy by 17 lawmakers loyal to APC
With less than two weeks to the Edo guber election, the state is still in palpable fear as suspected thugs continue to lay siege on the Edo House of Assembly complex.
According to The Nation, some thugs were seen around the building located at the Ring Road in Benin, the state capital, openly smoking weed under a canopy positioned at the main entrance of the building.
Legit.ng recalls that the political drama in Edo took downward alley as thugs were seen removing the roof of the state House of Assembly and taking down the mace.
This happened on Thursday, August 6, shortly after dozens of security officials stormed the assembly complex led by a deputy commissioner of police (operations) Ayoola Ajala.
The controversy boiled down to the impeachment of the speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro by 17 lawmakers loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Before the impeachment, the 14 lawmakers-elect whose seats were previously declared vacant were sworn in.
Then three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC joined them in the impeachment proceedings.
The ruling party later backed the fracas inside the Edo assembly that led to the removal of the speaker and deputy on Thursday, August 6.
In a statement by its spokesperson Nabena Yekini, APC said it was in support of the development, adding that "seven cannot be greater than seventeen."
As intrigues continue to prelude the Edo election, hoodlums have reportedly resumed back to the assembly building in what posed a danger to the democratic order in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki is beginning to lose more allies in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as on Tuesday, September 8, a prominent member of the state's House of Assembly, Paul Odaro, dumped the party for APC.
Odaro who hails from the same local government council (Uhunmwonde) as Obaseki, lamented that the area has been abandoned for years by the governor, hence his defection.
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