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Drama in Edo as parallel assembly sworn in by Deputy clerk elects new speaker

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The gradual breakdown of law and order continues in the Edo State ahead of the governorship election slated for September 19 as 17 members-elect of the State House of Assembly were today sworn in by deputy clerk of the Edo Assembly.

The 14 members-elect in Edo state who refused to be inaugurated last year and three lawmakers who later pledged loyalty to the governorship candidate of the APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have therefore formed parallel Assembly in the state.

The inauguration which was held at an undisclosed venue, saw a former Speaker of Edo Assembly, Victor Edoror, emerging Speaker, after a motion for the impeachment of Frank Okiye was not opposed.

Mr. Sunday Aghedo, (APC Ovia SW) had moved a motion signed by the entire members calling for Okiye’s impeachment, and was seconded by Ohio Ezomo (APC Owan West).

The motion nominating Edoror was moved by Washington Osifo (APC Uhunmwonde) and was seconded by Eric Okaka (APC, Owan East).

Mr Chris Okaeben (APC, Oredo West) moved the motion that got Emma Agbaje (APC, Akoko-Edo II) who acted as Speaker ex tempore, elected as Deputy Speaker.

Before the election, 12 out of the 14 members who were not sworn in last year took their oaths administered by a former Clerk of Edo Assembly, Tom Efezokhae.

Following the inaugural sitting, Edoror announced that plenary will resume on Friday, 7th August 2020.

The parallel assembly in session

When contacted for reaction, the Clerk of Edo Assembly, Mr. Yaya Omogbai said; “I don’t talk to press, meet my PRO please.”

Ealier in the day, the Speaker of Edo Assembly, Frank Okiye, had raised the alarm over planned hijack of the Assembly complex at the Ring Road and a heavy detachment of policemen were drafted to the assembly premises.