From Tony Osauzo, Benin

The Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Blessing Agbebaku, on Monday, suspended three members of the Assembly over an alleged plot to impeach him and other members of the Principal Officers Council (POC).

The suspended lawmakers are Hon. Donald Okogbe (PDP Akoko-Edo II), Bright Iyamu (PDP Orihonmwon South), and Adeh Isibor (PDP Esan North East I).

Agbebaku alleged at the Assembly’s sitting that the three suspended members were being influenced by external forces to cause chaos and remove the House leadership. He further claimed that some persons brought native doctors into the Assembly complex at midnight on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, to perform rituals and leave charms.

The suspended lawmakers, responding to the allegations during the rowdy session, shouted, “Mr Speaker, you do not have the right to unilaterally suspend any member(s) of the House. You must call for votes. Allow members to vote on the matter.” However, the Speaker ignored their pleas.