Confusion as impeached Edo speaker suspended for three months

Confusion as impeached Edo speaker suspended for three months

- Members of Edo state House of Assembly has suspended its ex-speaker, Francis Okiye for three months

- Nine out of 10 members present at the plenary on Monday, October 12, impeached Okiye over allegation of fraud

- The motion for his impeachment was moved by the majority leader, Henry Okhuarobo

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The crisis rocking the Edo state House of Assembly took another twist on Monday, October 12, hours Franic Okiye was suspended as the speaker of the House.

The Nation reports that the impeached speaker was suspended for three months to allow for a peaceful transition. gathered that he was impeached over alleged highhandedness and misappropriation of funds.

Okiye's suspension came barely one month to the inauguration of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu for the second term.

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Confusion as impeached Edo speaker suspended for three months
The impeached Edo speaker, Francis Okiye. Source: The Nation.
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Despite being a loyalist of Obaseki, the ex-speaker was impeached by nine of the 10 formally-inaugurated members of the Edo Assembly during a plenary session which lasted for some minutes.

It was gathered that Okiye would have been impeached last week but for the intervention of Obaseki.

The motion for his impeachment was moved by the majority leader, Henry Okhuarobo, seconded by Prince Yekini Idaiye was representing Akoko-Edo constituency 1.

The member representing Igueben constituency, Ephraim Aluebhosele, moved a motion nominating a new speaker, Marcus Onobun, seconded by the member representing Akoko-Edo II constituency, Emmanuel Agbaje.

The deputy speaker, Roland Asoro, who presided over the plenary, after the impeachment of Okiye, put the motion to a voice vote and it enjoyed the support of all the members at the plenary.

The new speaker hailed the lawmakers on his election and announced the dissolution of all the Assembly’s standing committees while relieving all the appointees of the House of their appointments.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that Okiye's impeachment came on Monday, October 12, during a brief plenary session of the assembly.

It was reported that Okiye’s impeachment followed a motion by Henry Okhurobo, the majority leader of the House and signed by nine of the members who were present at the brief sitting on Monday, October 12.

In another report, the candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Lucky Iboi, challenged the election victory of Governor Obaseki of Edo state.

In a petition filed before the electoral tribunal in Benin, Edo state capital on Monday, October 5, the ADP candidate said he was challenging the eligibility of the governor to contest the election held on Saturday, September 19.

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