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ESHA launches impeachment process against Edo deputy governor, Shaibu

The Edo State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against the embattled deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu
Godwin Obaseki and Philip Shaibu

Benin, Nigeria

The Edo State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against the embattled deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.

Charity Aiguobarueghian, majority leader of the assembly who is a member representing Ovia North East 1, announced this during plenary on Wednesday.

Aiguobarueghian said 21 members of the house have endorsed the petition dated March 5, 2024, against the deputy governor.

According to him, the number of lawmakers that signed the petition has met the required two–thirds requirement of the constitution and noted that the petition was based on allegations of perjury and divulging Edo State government secrets.

The speaker of the house, Blessing Agbebaku, has directed the clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai, to serve the impeachment notice on Shaibu.

Agbebaku stated that the deputy governor has been given seven days to respond to the notice of impeachment.

The relationship between Shaibu and Governor Godwin Obaseki has become cold in recent months following some disagreements between the two leaders of the state. 

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