The crisis at the Edo State House of Assembly climaxed yesterday with 15 All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the House sitting in Edo State Government House old Exco Chamber and impeaching the suspended Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, representing Esan South East Constituency.
The House presided over by the Speaker, Uyi Igbe, elected Victor Edoror of Esan Central Constituency as the new deputy speaker.
The impeachment of the suspended deputy speaker was sequel to a motion moved by Foly Ogedengbe, Chief Whip of the House, representing Owan East. His motion was seconded by Patrick Asowerien, representing Orhionmwon Constituency I.
The election of Edoror as the deputy speaker was sequel to a motion moved by Bamidele Oloruntoba, representing Akoko- Edo Constituency I and seconded by Sunday Osazemwinde, representing Ovia North East Constituency I.
Reacting to the impeachment of the deputy speaker, Emma Okoduwa, the Minority Leader of the House, said the action of the APC lawmakers negated the constitutional provision on impeachment of a deputy speaker.
“If APC lawmakers want to have deputy speaker for the APC caucus, that is not for Edo State House of Assembly. The deputy speaker can only be impeached by two-thirds majority of the House.
The APC lawmakers are just 15 and that cannot be said to be two-thirds majority in accordance with the constitutional provision,” he said.
Reacting to his impeachment yesterday, Ebea said Edo State Government and the
APC lawmakers were thriving in illegality.
Earlier, Majority Leader of the House, Philip Shaibu, under matters of urgent public importance, had moved a motion for the lawmakers to relocate to Edo State Government House, explaining that the temporary relocation was due to ongoing renovation at the Assembly.
He said the facilities of the House were vandalised by the impeached deputy speaker and eight other lawmakers, adding that the arrangement would enable the lawmakers carry out their constitutional responsibilities.
Source: Sun News