Kabiru Adjoto emerges new Edo Speaker after Okonoboh impeachment


Adjoto was sworn in on Monday following the dramatic removal of Okonoboh, who represents Igueben constituency, on allegations of gross misconduct.

The new Speaker was the former principal officer of the House and represents Akoko Edo I.

Former Speaker, Hon Victor Edoror, who was impeached in 2016 over alleged high-handedness, dictatorial tendencies and financial recklessness, was made Deputy Speaker while Hon Roland Asoro was made Majority Leader.

The House had only reconvened after 26 days of break for oversight functions when the incident occurred.

The chairman of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Anslem Ojezua, yesterday said there was no cause to be alarmed over the impeachment and subsequent elections that produced a new speaker and deputy speaker in the state House of Assembly on Monday, August 14, 2017.

The new speaker Kabiru Adjoto commended the members for successfully changing leadership in the house and assured them that the Parliament will regain its lost Glory. Three other members were said to have appended their signatures after the impeachment succeeded.

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Efosa Uwangue reports that the House adopted a motion to address the oil spillage in Uzanu and its environs in Etsako East Local Government Area.

Okonoboh was, however, said to have left the seat after much pressure, leaving Eruaga to sit as Speaker pro tempore.

Adjoto said, "The impeached speaker converted the house to a private estate; we are supposed to be 24 members in the house but he co-opted his wife as the 25th member".

Meanwhile, Okonoboh has described the impeachment as illegal with claims that the House did not form a quorum.

The Assembly workers were locked out while the impeachment lasted.