JUST IN: Victor Edoror, New Edo Speaker Loyal To Oshiomhole Speaks On Governor Obaseki's Removal
Aug. 07, 2020
Victor Edoror, the new Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly has spoken to reports claiming he will pursue the removal of Govenor Godwin Obaseki from office.
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The crisis rocking the assembly had taken a new twist on Thursday after 17 lawmakers loyal to the former APC National Chair, Adams Oshiomhole, impeached the Speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.
Edoror, who was impeached as deputy speaker in 2018 was then elected speaker in a plenary held at an undisclosed location in Benin, the state capital.
The decision was taken hours after security officials took over the State Assembly Complex and some men attacked the building, destroying parts of it.
At the exclusive plenary, 14 lawmakers-elect whose seats had previously been declared vacant under a controversial circumstances, were first sworn in and then, together with three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) swiftly opened impeachement proceeding against Okiye and Asoro.
Scooper recalls that the Edo State House of Assembly crisis started since 2019 and has only recently worsen by the buildup to the governorship elections in the state.
Twenty-four lawmakers were elected from the 24 constituencies during the 2019 general elections. However, only 10 of them were inaugurated on July 17 of the same year, sparking a controversy that included intervention from the National Assembly.
Five of the 10 lawmakers that were inaugurated including the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, had declared support for Ize-Iyamu last week, after accusing Governor Obaseki of rendering the legislature in the state useless.
In retaliation, four of the five inaugurated lawmakers met on Wednesday and impeached Idiaye, replacing him with Asoro. The move emboldened the pro-Oshiomhole lawmakers who orchestrated Okiye and Asoro's impeachment on Thursday.
The inauguration of the new members and subsequent emergence of the new speaker is believed to be part of a grant plot to impeach the governor.
But speaking after his emergence as speaker, Edoror was said to have promised that the house under his leadership will focus on its legislative duties, and not pursue the impeachment of any member of the executive, apparently referring to Obaseki.
He was also said to have called for unity among the members, and that there was “no victor, no vanquished”.
The Edoror-led assembly also paid a courtesy visit to the Edo State Commissioner of Police.
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