The political tension in Edo state escalated on Thursday, August 6, after 17 lawmakers of the Edo state House of Assembly with affiliations to the All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed that they have impeached the speaker of the House, Francis Okiye, and his deputy, Roland Asoro.
According to the Guardian newspaper, the 17 members included the 14 members whose seats were previously declared vacant.
The newspaper reported that the said impeachment took place at a private location in Benin City, hours after security officials took over the state assembly complex.
It was reported that before the said impeachment occurred, the 14 lawmakers-elect whose seats were previously declared vacant were first sworn in.
Then three other lawmakers who recently pledged their allegiance to Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the APC joined them in the impeachment proceedings against the speaker and his deputy.
The Edo state House of Assembly has been embroiled in a crisis since 2019, one that has now been worsened by the buildup to the governorship elections in the state.