Edo Assembly Speaker Impeached
The Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Justin Okonoboh has been impeached by 19 out of the 24 lawmakers in the House who signed his impeachment notice.
In his place, the member representing Akoko-Edo I Constituency, Hon. Kabiru Adjoto was immediately sworn-in as substantive Speaker to bring to an abrupt end, the one year reign of the impeached speaker.
The impeachment of Okonoboh and his Deputy, Hon. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Ativie yesterday was sequel to a motion moved by the member representing Akoko Edo II Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje and seconded by the member representing Orhionmwon-South Constituency, Hon. Roland Asoro, passing a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the former Speaker and his Deputy.
The parliament was however thrown into chaotic scene as members engaged in a free for all throwing chairs around as weapons to fend off intruders, while others who signed the impeachment notices approached the former Speaker appealing to him to step down from his position.
Okonoboh without hesitations stepped down, giving way for the emergence of Hon. Sylvanus Eranga (PDP Etsako West II) as speaker protempore.
Hon. Eruaga, Speaker protempore nominated Hon. Kabir Adjoto as the Speaker, in a motion seconded by the member representing Esan South East constituency (APC), Hon. Festus Edughele
The new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adjoto, immediately after he was sworn-in by the Clerk of the House, Mr. James Omoatama, said that the change in the leadership of the House had become imperative in view of series of activities culminating in abuse of the office of the Speaker.
Hon. Adjoto further said that the House under the watch of the impeached Speaker was reputed for abruptly adjourning plenary at will with all sorts of celebrations to honour members of his immediate family to the detriment of having in place effective legislation that would drive the development policies of the administration.