Edo PDP lawmakers hold separate plenary

The Edo State House of Assembly crisis took a new twist on Monday morning when the Peoples Democratic Party lawmakers gained entry into the Anthony Enahoro Assembly Complex and held a separate plenary.

Edo State House of Assembly - Edo PDP lawmakers hold separate plenaryThe lawmakers, which included the impeached Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea, who acted as Speaker and three suspended members, sat in front of the entrance to the chamber.

It was gathered that the lawmakers had met at the assembly complex as early as 7am, with a separate mace and a Sergeant at Arms, overheard acclaiming, “Mr. Speaker” repeatedly as the “House” rose.

Ebea, while briefing newsmen after the sitting, said the lawmakers had resolved that the renovation in the Assembly Complex was illegal.

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He said, “It did not go through due process.

“It did not pass through my table, as the Chairman of the Committee on Tenders Board.”

He also stated that the Speaker, Uyi Igbe, and other principal officers of the House, whom they had suspended, should be prevented from making withdrawals from the Assembly’s account.

Ebea said the House had further asked the Governor Adams Oshiomhole, to pay the outstanding entitlements of the recalled teachers and instructed the 24 local government chairmen to forward their receipts of cash disbursements to the House.

A heavy presence of security operatives was seen around the Assembly causing gridlocks on major roads around the legislative building.

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