Edo Assembly commutes  impeachment of former Speaker to resignation

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In self reversal, Edo State House of Assembly on Wednesday commuted the recent impeachment of the former Speaker, Mr Frank Okiye, to resignation.

The House also lifted the suspension placed on Okiye, thus paving the way for him to attend  the House plenary on Wednesday.

The reversal of the impeachment was consequent upon a motion by the Leader of the House, Mr Henry Okhuarobo, which was seconded by Mr Emmanuel Okoduwa.

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 newsmen shortly after the plenary that there was no rift between the House and the executive arm of government.

In a reaction, the former 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.

The House had  at the Wednesday plenary, appointed and announced Okoduwa as the Chief Whip.

There are indications that the House is being prepared for a new phase that beckons with the second term of Givernor Godwin  Obaseki That begins on November 12, 2020.

The shape and texture of the new dispensation are shrouded in the womb of time.

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