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UPDATE: Why Edo Assembly Speaker Got Impeached



The new Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, has accused his predecessor, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, of taking the parliament for granted.

Speaking after Justin’s impeachment on Monday, Adjoto said that the former speaker was running the state parliament as a private affair.

He said: “But we discovered that for selfish reasons, the ex-Speaker would adjourn the House, possibly, because the wife is doing a birthday or the son is having a graduation at Covenant University or the son is going to an NYSC camp (and) he (Okonoboh) wants to do a party for him. Between June and July, we have worked for just three weeks; he adjourned the House for more than six weeks.

“Today is August 15 (but) we are just resuming. Then, the House is expected to adjourn again next week for another four weeks for the normal holiday. Is that a normal parliament? All of us came together and said, ‘Enough is enough.’

“The institution is more deserving to be protected that the interest of an individual. The ex-Speaker’s wife, like I said earlier, has turned herself into the 25th member of the House of Assembly to the extent that anything we discussed in the executive session, the wife will hear and start calling our wives to tell them what was discussed.

“The wife uses the (Speaker’s) convoy as if she is Mr. Speaker and at random. The other day, the wife and the son used the convoy to the NYSC camp. When the soldiers and policemen there saw that it was coming, they all stood, hoping that they would see Mr. Speaker, only to see the wife and the son to come out of the vehicle. That is a desecration of the Parliament.”

However, Okonobor, declined comments on the matter as he was led by his aides and security details into a waiting vehicle at about 11:56am.






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