The member representing Akoko-Edo constituency one in the Edo State House of Assembly, Honourable Kabiru Ajoto, has been elected the new speaker of the Assembly.
The lawmakers elected Honourable Ajoto on Monday at the Assembly complex in Benin City, following the impeachment of the former speaker, Justin Okonoboh.
TVC News reliably gathered that sixteen lawmakers initially met and decided to file an impeachment notice on the impeached speaker while three others joined them to increase the number to 19.
According to the lawmakers, one of the allegations levelled against Honourable Okonoboh was the fact that he shut down the House to attend his son’s graduation in the United States.
Addressing the press shortly after he was sworn in, Honourable Ajoto told reporters that the impeachment exercise followed due process.
Ajoto, who also accused Okonoboh of running the House like a private enterprise, explained that it was normal to change the leadership if it was not performing.
He alleged that the former speaker had been adjourning the sitting of the House and awarding contracts without due process despite several cautions.