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Edo State Assembly Lists Shaibu’s Impeachment as One of Its Major Achievements

The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku has hailed the impeachment of former Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu as a major achievement for the House.

He made the comment on Wednesday during a press briefing held to commemorate the first anniversary of the 8th Assembly, in response to questions from journalists.

Shaibu’s impeachment on March 8, 2024, marked the first time a Deputy Governor was removed from office in the state’s history.

The impeachment followed allegations of disclosing government information to the public, as determined by a seven-man panel led by Chief Judge Daniel Okungbowa.

Agbebaku said that the impeachment process adhered strictly to established procedures.

“To me, I stand tall to say that the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor is a good record because we are doing our legislative duty. That also showed that the 8th Assembly is very independent,” he said.

Agbebaku also addressed the suspension of three lawmakers – Donald Okogbe, Bright Iyamu, and Addeh Isibor – on May 6, 2024, citing disobedience to House rules and regulations.

The legislators were accused of plotting to impeach the Speaker and other Principal Officers, allegedly instigated by external forces.

He said a committee has been established to investigate the suspension, with a report expected within three weeks to guide future actions.

The Assembly’s first year saw the passage of 16 Bills and 44 Resolutions.

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