POLICE TAKE OVER EDO ASSEMBLY
By Simon Ebegbulem & Gabriel Enogholase
HELL was let loose at the Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, following a counter move to suspend the Speaker, Mr. Uyi Igbe, Majority Leader and six others by the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Festus Ebea and three other lawmakers who were earlier suspended on Monday by their colleagues.
The police had to take over the premises of the Assembly after youths loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and those of All Progressives Congress, APC, engaged themselves in a free for all.
The nine PDP lawmakers said that they had suspended the Speaker of the House, Mr. Igbe and the Majority Leader, Mr. Philip Shaibu. According to the suspended Deputy Speaker, Mr. Ebea, “I am the new Speaker.”
The suspended members, alongside other PDP lawmakers, who had earlier sat in the Chambers without the mace, elected the Deputy Speaker, Mr Ebea, as the new Speaker, saying that their action was because of “the Speaker and Majority Leader’s unbecoming behaviour, which had brought the integrity of the House into serious disrepute.
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