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Edo Assembly serves deputy governor impeachment notice



philip Shaibu

The Edo State House of Assembly on Wednesday commenced impeachment proceedings against Philip Shaibu, the state’s Deputy Governor.

The majority leader, Charity Aiguobarueghian, who issued the impeachment notice during plenary, stated that the petition, dated March 5, was signed by 21 of the 24 members against the deputy governor.

Aiguobarueghian stated, “The petition against the deputy governor came in on March 5 and was signed by 21 out of the 24 members. The number of members who signed the petition was more than the two-third requirement stipulated in the constitution.”

He further stated that the petition was based on two grounds: perjury and the revelation of government secrets.

The Speaker of the House, Blessing Agbebaku, acknowledged receipt of the petition and directed the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai, to serve Shaibu with the impeachment notice.

Agbebaku also granted the deputy governor seven days to respond to the notice of impeachment.

The impeachment notice is the latest in a feud between the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his deputy, who have been at odds since mid-last year, when Shaibu announced his intention to run for governor of the state.