…Edo Assembly Deputy Speaker impeached***
…As Speaker raises alarm over plot to take over Edo House of Assembly***
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council on Edo governorship election, has said that the upcoming election in the state will be decided by the integrity, reliability and truthfulness of the contestants.
The Chairman of the council, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers stated on Tuesday that Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo epitomised such virtues.
In a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary and Secretary, Publicity Sub-Committee of the council, Wike expressed optimism that Obaseki would be re-elected.
He stated that the Edo electorate could not be swayed to the contrary by deceptions, lies and antics, adding that the people of the state were with Obaseki.
He attributed Obaseki’s large following to his proven integrity and performance in office.
Wike opined that the people would use the election to tell selfish politicians in Edo that “they know what is best for their state.”
He recalled how the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, stated that Obaseki was the brain behind his achievements when he was governor.
“Funny enough, former National Chairman of the APC confessed that this is one man who used his contact, connections and brain to make sure that he achieved what he achieved as governor of Edo.
“He even went further to say that he would prefer that they named the Edo State Government House as Godwin Obaseki’s House. He said so.”
He wondered how Oshiomhole would market the APC candidate, Ize Iyamu, whom he had earlier despised, pointing out that Edo people could not be fooled.
The Rivers governor posited that time had come to end politics of lies, false claims and propaganda to deceive the electorate.
In a related development, the Edo House of Assembly on Wednesday impeached its Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idaiye over alleged gross misconduct.
The impeachment was sequel to a motion moved by Henry Okhuarobo, member representing Ikpoba-Okha and seconded by Marcus Onobun representing Esan West.
Okhuarobo said, “Mr Speaker, with me is a notice of impeachment of the deputy speaker of the house signed by two-third members of the house.
“The impeachment of the deputy speaker is on the grounds of gross misconduct and divulging of official secrets,” Okhuarobo said.
The lawmakers after deliberations on the petition unanimously adopted the motion through a voice-vote.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye, thereafter, pronounced the deputy speaker impeached.
Meanwhile, the house leader, Roland Asoro was made the deputy speaker shortly after he was nominated and administered the oath of office and oath of allegiance by the speaker.
The motion for the nomination of Roland Asoro as the new deputy speaker was moved by Emmanuel Okoduwa representing Esan North East and seconded by Ephraim Aluebhosele representing Igueben constituency.
Also during plenary, Henry Okhuarobo, the former chief whip was elevated to the position of the Leader of the house, while Marcus Onobun, deputy leader was made the chief whip and Sunny Ojiezele as Deputy leader.
Ephraim Aluebhosele was elevated to the position of the deputy whip, while Emmanuel Okoduwa was made a co-opted member of the principal officers council.
All efforts to reach the impeached deputy speaker proved abortive, while he had also switched off his phone.
In the meantime, the Edo House of Assembly Speaker Francis Okiye on Wednesday, raised alarm over alleged plot by some persons to forcefully take over the Assembly
Okiye, who raised the alarm during plenary, alleged that there was a plan by a sitting governor and stakeholders in his party to import fake mace to take over the Assembly.
“This plan is in cahoots with the former deputy speaker, Assemblyman Yekini Idaiye, who recently declared support for the candidate of the APC.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call the governor and others working with him to desist and allow laws of the state to guide them.
“The state polity is already heated by the high political tension from the electioneering campaigns.
“Their planned action is akin to lighting a match in an already tensed political environment.
“We call on Edo people, whose mandate and interest the state legislature hold and protect, to rise against this planned plot to subvert their will using external forces.
“We urged lovers of democracy across the world, that uphold democratic tenets and values, to denounce this planned illegality that seeks to distract a duly constituted authority,” he said.
Idaiye recently declared support for the candidacy of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of APC in the Sept. 19 governorship polls as well as retain his membership of the party.
He was on Wednesday removed as the deputy speaker of the Assembly by members loyal to Gov. Godwin Obaseki, the PDP governorship candidate over alleged gross misconduct and divulging of official secrets.
Mr Roland Asoro was elected as Deputy Speaker.
According to Okiye, “we recognise the constitutional rights of some three Assemblymen to support the candidate of their choice.
“But that should not distract them from coming to work to carry out the job they were elected to do,” he added.
Okiye, however, said that the house was committed to the protection of democratic rights of the people adding that the legislature remained the sacred institution in democratisation process.