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Crisis looms in Edo Assembly over alleged plans to impeach Speaker

CRISIS is looming in Edo State House of Assembly, following alleged plans to impeach the Speaker, Mr Victor Edoror, by aggrieved lawmakers over perceived unaccounted funds and greed. There are fears of a rowdy session today as no fewer than 18 lawmakers are said to be threatening to impeach the speaker.

It is alleged that out of the 41 Special Advisers allotted to the lawmakers, rather than share the positions to the 24 members of the House, the speaker is accused of confiscating the entire positions.

Out of the 24 lawmakers, the APC has 21 while the PDP has three. Vanguard learned that N18 million budgeted for induction of members and N36 million accrued to the House from Local Government Councils, meant for maintenance of the quarters of the lawmakers were yet to be made available to other lawmakers.

According to sources, the alleged plans to impeach the Speaker by no fewer than 18 aggrieved lawmakers were perfected Saturday night.

They threatened to make today’s sitting impossible unless the Speaker accounts for the money or he face impeachment. It was further alleged that both the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr Bright Osayande and the Majority Leader, Foly Ogedengbe, were not being carried along in the affairs of the Assembly by the Speaker, a situation that was said to have worsened his problem.

One of the aggrieved lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Many things have been going wrong in this House but we have decided to remain calm to allow Governor Adams Oshiomhole concentrate on his work. Initially, some of us were even blaming the governor that may be he was the one taking members for granted but we have discovered that the governor has been doing his best in terms of welfare for lawmakers but our problem is the Speaker.”

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