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Edo Speaker escapes impeachment


There was tension at the premises of the Edo State House of Assembly Monday over alleged plot to impeach Speaker Victor Edoror.
Workers at the assembly spoke in low tunes about her possible impeachment while sympathizers of the speaker stayed around his office.
The lawmakers did not sit till about 5pm and held plenary for about 10 minutes because of executive session of the lawmakers which lasted over four hours.
Sources said some lawmakers were peeved following discovery that council chairmen in the 18 local government paid N2m each to the Speaker for the renovation of the lawmakers’ quarters.
Another source said the council chairmen have been paying N1.3m each to the lawmakers for the past six months.
Last month, the lawmakers were said to have collected N3m from the council chairmen to suppress a report on the council’s Internally Generated Revenue prepared by a committee headed by the Deputy Speaker, Bright Osayande
Besides, some of the lawmakers were said not to have been happy with the handling of the house leadership under Speaker Edoror.
Lawmakers who spoke under anonymity said they were searching for the mole among them.
They said the impeachment process was still on and that it was only postponed.

Speaker Edoror could not be reached for comments as his aides said he was still at a meeting as at press time.

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