Edo Assembly Suspends 3 Lawmakers Over Alleged “Juju Scare”

Edo Assembly Suspends 3 Lawmakers Over Alleged “Juju Scare”

  • On Monday, May 6, the leadership of the Edo State House of Assembly suspended three lawmakers
  • Two lawmakers representing the PDP and one from the APC were suspended by Blessing Agbebaku, the speaker of the House, over an alleged juju scare and impeachment plot
  • The development has sent the assembly into a frenzy and the Speaker has therefore adjourned the Monday sitting to an unknown date

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

An emerging report has it that the speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, May 6, suspended three lawmakers.

Drama in Edo over suspension of 3 lawmakers
A close ally to the state’s ex-deputy gov, Philip Shaibu, and two other lawmakers were suspended by Edo Speaker Blessing Agbebaku. Photo: Rt. Hon. Blessing Sheriff Agbebaku, HonPhilipShaibu
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Real reason the lawmakers were suspended

As reported by The Nation, the lawmakers were suspended reportedly due to an alleged juju scare in the Assembly complex, as well as an alleged plot to impeach Agbebaku and other principal officers.

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A close of ally of Shaibu was affected

The suspended lawmakers are Donald Okogbe (PDP, Akoko-Edo II), Bright Iyamu (PDP, Orhionmwon II), and Adeh Isibor (All Progressives Congress, APC, Esan Northeast I).

The Punch disclosed that Okogbe is an ally of the impeached deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, and was the only lawmaker who did not sign the petition that led to Shaibu’s impeachment.

The Assembly Speaker, Agbebaku, announced the lawmakers’ suspension and accused them of being influenced by external forces to cause chaos and remove the Assembly's leadership.

Chaos rocked Edo Assembly

As reported by Vanguard, the suspension created tension in the Assembly, as the affected lawmakers kicked against the action, saying:

“Mr. Speaker, you do not have the right to unilaterally suspend any member of this House. You must call for votes. Allow members of the Assembly to vote on the matter.”

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To douse the tension, Agbebaku quickly adjourned the plenary.

Edo assembly impeach Philip Shaibu

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Edo state house of assembly, on Monday, April 8, impeached Philip Shaibu.

Shaibu's impeachment followed the adoption of the report of the seven-man investigative panel set up by the assembly to probe allegations of misconduct against him.

It is also a culmination of the political impasse between the deputy governor and his principal Godwin Obaseki.

Source: Legit.ng

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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