Political hooliganism & barbarism in Edo Assembly should stop – Oba of Benin

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The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has condemned the recent fracas at the Edo State House of Assembly during their change of leadership on Monday.

The revered Benin monarch expressed sadness at the violence that preceded impeachment of former Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, describing the incident as a display of “political hooliganism and barbarism.’’

Oba Ewuare reacted via a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Desmond Agbama, on Wednesday.

The Edo State House of Assembly elected the member representing Akoko Edo I constituency, Mr. Kabiru Adjoto, as the new Speaker. Mr Adjotu has been involved in a lot of scandal and was declared wanted by the Police during the regime of Adams Oshiomhole’s first tenure.

19 members of the House were said to have signed the impeachment notice but the process leading to the removal of the Speaker was violent and illegal, with affray in the hallowed chamber, captured on camera.

The Benin monarch stated that while he was not against a leadership change in the legislature, the “frequent violent changes is capable of negating the interest of the people, which ought to be paramount to the lawmakers at all times”.

The Oba said that he had watched with great disappointment the throwing of chairs and use of fisticuffs among members of the House of Assembly and noted that their action “does not portray them as honourable members” but was “a sign of desperation for power”.

The Oba of Benin is the paramount traditional ruler in the state and His influence is considerable in the state. Whether this statesment may lead to a reversion in the violent change if leadership in the Edo House remains to be seen.


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