We’ve No Regrets Impeaching Shaibu – Edo Speaker

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FROM IKHILI EBALU, BENIN CITY 

Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku said yesterday that the House has no regrets for impeaching the former Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

Agbebaku stated this while giving the breakdown of the achievements of the Assembly in one year.

It would be recalled that Shaibu was impeached in April, following the adoption of the report of a seven-man investigative panel set up by the Assembly to probe allegations of misconduct levelled against him.

According to the speaker, the House followed due process in removing the former deputy governor.

“For me, I will stand tall to say it was a good record because we are doing our legislative duty. 

“And that shows that the 8th Assembly is very independent. I also want to let you know that the processes of impeachment were followed to the letter,” he stated.

Reacting to the question of suspension of three lawmakers, the speaker said what their constituencies are lacking due to their absence in the House is the price they will pay for their misbehaviour and disobedience to the rule of law.

“In every organisation you have rules and regulations. If you are saying that their constituencies are no longer represented, that is the price to pay for being disobedient or for beginning to disobey the rules of where you work.

“That is the price you pay when you go contrary to the House rules, but what I will say is that a committee is being set up to look into their issues. 

“So.in the next three weeks, the committee will submit its report and from there, we will know the next line of action to take,” Agbebaku added.

Reeling out the achievements of the House so far, the speaker said they made over 44 resolutions that had helped it achieve monumental success and 16 bills.

He said though the House was confronted with some challenges, but with love and team spirit, the problems were surmounted.

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