Yekini Idiaye, the Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, has been removed from office.
He was removed during a plenary session of the Assembly in Benin City, the state capital, on Wednesday.
The reason for the removal of Idiaye, who represents Akoko-Edo State Constituency (I), has not yet been disclosed by the Assembly.
The House subsequently elected Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency, to replace Idiaye as its Deputy Speaker.
However, the Assembly’s decision comes a day after Phillip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, accused Idiaye of collecting N40 million from Adams Oshiomhole, a former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to support Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the party’s candidate, in the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.
Idiaye and four other state lawmakers had on Sunday pledged their support for Ize-Iyamu, who will face Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent state governor, in the election scheduled for 19 September.
All 24 lawmakers of the Edo State House of Assembly are in the APC.