Edo Assembly commutes ex-speaker’s impeachment to resignation
The Edo State House of Assembly on Wednesday reversed the recent impeachment of the former Speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and commuted it to resignation.
The House also reversed the suspension of the ex-speaker who later joined the lawmakers during the plenary session.
The reversal of the impeachment followed a motion of urgent importance moved by the Leader of the House, Mr. Henry Okhuarobo, and seconded by Mr. Emmanuel Okoduwa, representing Esan North East 11.
Moving the motion, Okhuarobo said the need to reverse the speaker’s impeachment followed appeals from their constituents.
Consequently, the motion, which received the overwhelming support of the members, was adopted by the House.
The Speaker, Marcus Onobun, told journalists shortly after the plenary session that there was no rift between the House and the executive arm of government.
In his reaction, the ex-speaker said he was pleased that the House reversed its decision on him.
He expressed his readiness to work with the present leadership for the good of his constituency.
Okiye was impeached by the lawmakers on Monday over alleged high-handedness.
In a letter signed by nine out of 10 members of the House, he was also placed on a three-month suspension to allow for “a peaceful transition” in the Assembly.