Edo APC crisis worsened as members impeach speaker Okiye

The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Francis Okiye, has been impeached following a motion by the Majority Leader of the House, Henry Okhurobo, that Okiye be removed over allegations of high-handedness.

His impeachment letter was signed by nine out of the 10-member Assembly present at a brief sitting on Monday.

The House immediately elected Marcus Onobun, representing Esan West State Constituency, as the new Speaker.

The House immediately elected Marcus Onobun, representing Esan West State Constituency, as the new Speaker.

The crisis rocking the Assembly began when it was inaugurated under controversial circumstances at night with only nine, out of 24 lawmakers-elect, on June 17, 2019, following an alleged proclamation by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The 14 lawmakers, who were not part of the process, as well as the All Progressives Congress, rejected the process and called on the governor to issue a fresh proclamation.

However, a Federal High Court in Rivers State barred the governor from doing so. A separate court also barred the National Assembly from taking over the Edo Assembly.

This worsened the crisis within the APC in the state and deepened the feud between Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, who was also the National Chairman of the APC

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