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Edo Assembly initiate impeachment process against deputy governor, Philip Shaibu

The Edo State House of Assembly have commenced impeachment proceedings against Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

The petition for the impeachment of the deputy governor was served on Wednesday, March 6 and read on the floor of house during plenary.

Majority Leader, Charity Aiguobarueghian, who read the impeachment notice, said the petition was signed by 21 out of 24 members against the deputy governor.

Aiguobarueghian, who said the petition was dated March 5, 2024, noted that the number of members who signed the petition were more than the two-third requirement stipulated in Section 188 (2a) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He said the petition was addressed to the Speaker of the House, Blessing Agbebaku.

He acknowledged the receipt of the petition and said the petition was based on two grounds which were not made public. The House, however, gave the deputy governor seven days to respond to the petition.

The Speaker directed the clerk of the house, Yahaya Omogbai, to serve the impeachment notice on Shaibu.

Shaibu’s impeachment notice might not be unconnected to his face-off with the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki that had led to him losing out during the just concluded Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial election primaries.