In an action with full trappings of a palace coup, the Edo State House of Assembly Monday morning removed its speaker, Hon. Frank Okiye and elected Hon. Marcus Onobun as speaker.
Okiye was subsequently placed on three months suspension to allow the new leadership carry out necessary Reforms’ it had planned to embark upon. A three-member committee was empowered by the new speaker to look into the financial record of the House under Okiye’s watch.
METROWATCH was told that the former speaker, full of life and vivaciousness had been ushered into the Chambers with fanfare oblivious of what was awaiting him, called the House to Order, took prayers and attendance, but was not allowed to proceed with other items on the day’s agenda for the House.
He was then assailed with a motion of urgent importance which dove-tailed into other actions in quick succession and the subsequent impeachment.
It was further gathered that the former speaker was accused in hush tones of not carrying other members along in the running of the House.
METROWATCH was also told by a watcher of the House of Assembly that following Okiye’s alleged ‘lone-ranger’ type of administration, the members did not have any difficulty in removing him as he was not in the picture of anything from the planning to the execution of his impeachment.
He returned home in a private car as all official vehicles attached to the office of speaker has followed him to work, but were not allowed to take him back home.
His eventual removal was sequel to a motion by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Henry Okhurobo.
This was followed by an Impeachment Notice that was signed by all nine members, excluding Okiye, present in the Chambers.
Motion to nominate new speaker was moved by member representing Igueben State Constituency, Hon. Ephraim Aluebhosele.
The motion was seconded by member representing Akoko-Edo ll State Constituency, Hon.Emmanuel Agbaje.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Roland Asoro who presided over the plenary after the impeachment put the motion to a voice vote where it enjoyed the support of all the members at plenary.
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