Benin City, Nigeria – There was pandemonium today at the Edo State House of Assembly when members of the house impeached the deputy speaker, Victor Edoror, representing Esan Central constituency, amidst heaving gun shooting.
Report has it that as early as 8 am the premises of the house was taken over by combined armed security personnel, made up of Department of State Security, mobile policemen and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) while hefty and fierce looking suspected political, thugs positioned themselves at strategic locations within the premises.
Also newsmen gathered that the presence of the security personnel was to forestall possible impeachment of the speaker of the house over alleged legal suit instituted against APC as a result of the alleged substitution of his name for that of Peter Akpatason by the national leadership of the party.
The motion to impeach the deputy speaker was moved by Chief Whip of the House, Osaigbovo Iyoha (APC), representing Oredo East constituency and was seconded by Emmanuel Agbaje, (APC), representing Akoko-Edo II.
They noted that the deputy speaker was to be impeached over alleged misappropriation of funds, corruption and act of desperation tantamount to causing division in the house adding that the letter of impeachment was signed by 16 members of the House.
However, efforts by the Foly Ogedengbe (APC), representing Owan East constituency to move counter-motion ended in vain as the speaker refused to recognize him.
Not pleased by the action of the speaker, Ogedengbe accused the Speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto (APC), representing Akoko-Edo I, of embezzling funds amounting to about N100 million belonging to the house.
The impeachment of the deputy speaker resulted in rowdy session as the embattled deputy speaker seized the mace of the house.
In a swift reaction, the speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto, announced the suspension of the impeached deputy speaker, Foly Ogedengbe and Gani Audu (APC), representing Etsako West I, for unruly behavior for three months respectively.
Roland Asoro, majority leader of the house nominated the former speaker of the house, Justine Okonobo, as the new deputy speaker and seconded by Emmnauel Agbaje.
The premises of the house was however invaded and taken over by suspected political thugs who were armed with sticks after adjournment of plenary session by the lawmakers.
Addressing newsmen after the impeachment, the speaker, Kabiru Adjoto said, “We needed to have a new deputy speaker because of the excesses of impeached deputy speaker.
“I and 20 other members of the house remain committed to the All Progressive Congress (APC), and cannot leave the party. We are more committed to Governor Godwin Obaseki and the re-election of President Buhari in 2019,” he added.