A total of 17 members of the Edo State House of Assembly on Thursday said they have removed Francis Okiye as the Speaker of the House.
The lawmakers, including 14 members whose seats have been previously declared vacant, also claimed that they have removed Roland Asoro as the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.
The decision was taken at a private location in Benin City, the state capital, hours after security officials took over the State Assembly Complex.
After the swearing-in of the lawmakers-elect, the 14 of them plus three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), elected Victor Edoror, who represents Esan Central Constituency, and Emmanuel Agbaje, who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency II as Speaker and Deputy Speaker, respectively.
But Okiye said he is not perturbed by the action
“It is a non-issue and I do not want to respond to such issues,” he said.
The Edo State House of Assembly has been embroiled in a crisis since 2019.
Out of the 24 lawmakers elected in 2019, only 10 of them were inaugurated on July 17 of the same year, sparking a controversy that included intervention from the National Assembly.
Security operatives had earlier in the day taken over the Assembly complex, 24 hours after Yekini Idiaye, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, was removed from office by the state lawmakers.
Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday morning while patrol vehicles were stationed there.
It was learnt that the action by the police operatives was in a bid to prevent an attack on the complex.