There was pandemonium yesterday within the Edo State House of Assembly amid sporadic gunshots as the Speaker, Victor Edoror was impeached by 16 of the 24 members of the assembly.
Thugs invaded the chamber shooting everywhere and in the process, not less than six persons were injured.Trouble started when the Majority Leader, Folly Ogedegbe, moved a motion for the impeachment of the speaker and the Deputy Speaker, Bright Osayande. The motion was seconded by the member representing Esan North East, Patrick Iluobe.
The motion reads in part: “We the under-listed and undersigned honourable members representing the various constituencies in the Edo State House of Assembly have on this day 3rd of May 2016 resolved to impeach our speaker, Hon. Chief Victor Edoror Tiger and the Deputy Speaker Hon. Osayande for acts of gross misconduct.”
Iluobe was later appointed as Speaker extempore to preside over the business of the day .A new speaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie representing Uhunmwode was elected while Dr. Joseph Okonoboh representing Igueben was elected deputy speaker.
Immediately the new speaker was sworn in, Edoror and his deputy walked into the chamber in company of the thugs shooting sporadically to scare people out of the chambers. In the process a lot of peoples sustained injuries.
Addressing reporters immediately after the fracas, the new speaker, Ativie said the members could no longer tolerate the greedy nature of the speaker.
She said the impeached speaker had up to six different financial cases with the EFCC and the members could not continue to allow such a person to lead the House.
She therefore said that a five-member committee headed by Kabiru Adjoto representing Akoko-Edo 1 would investigate the financial recklessness of the impeached speaker from June 2015 till May 3rd.
She said if found wanting at the end of the three months when the committee would submit their report he would be handed over to the appropriate authority.