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Edo Assembly Impeachment Saga: Obaseki, Party Leadership Fail to Resolve Crisis


A meeting between the leadership of the Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) and members of the Edo State of Assembly over the impeachment of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Majority Leader of the State House of Assembly on Monday, ended in deadlock.
It was gathered that the State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, was also present during the reconciliatory meeting with the warring parties at the secretariat of the party in Benin, Monday evening.
Also at the meeting were the State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and all the law makers of the House.
The meeting however failed to resolve the logjam created by the impeachment saga.
While the close door meeting was ongoing, Kabiru Adjourns, the new Speaker was heard at the lobby down stairs, shouting “no, no, no,” apparently indicating that he would not relinquish his position.
The meeting which lasted over three hours, was ​finally concluded at about 5:40 pm, with Governor Obaseki leaving the venue immediately.
Addressing journalists afterwards, the State chairman of the APC, Anslem Ojezua, who was flanked by the impeached Speaker, Justin Okonoboh and newly elected Speaker, Adjoto, said the meeting ended on a cordial note.
Ojezua said the executive arm of the government and the the party leadership had to mediate in the crisis of the House to restore peace.
“We have started discussing and we hope to resolve the issue very soon. We are still consulting. When we finish, we will address the press,” Ojezua said.
However, a source, who was present at the meeting said the crisis has not been resolved.
He said the new Speaker and other newly elected officers of the House have refused to back down.
It would be recalled that 19 out of the 24 members of the House had impeached the former Speaker, Justin Okonoboh, Deputy, Elizabeth Ativie and the Majority Leader, Foly Ogedegbe, over allegation of gross incompetence, high-handedness, among other offences.
The impeached lawmakers were also suspended for three months.

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