Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Impeachment: Oba of Benin cautions lawmakers on political hooliganism

The Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty , Oba Ewuare II , has condemned what he described as “political hooliganism and barbarism ” displayed by some members of the Edo State House of Assembly during their change of leadership on Monday .

Oba Ewuare made this known in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary , Mr . Desmond Agbama, on Wednesday in reaction to the impeachment of the former Speaker , Dr. Justin Okonoboh .

The House had elected the member representing Akoko Edo I constituency, Mr . Kabiru Adjoto, as the new Speaker , after Okonoboh was impeached in a manner that led to fisticuffs among some of the lawmakers.

The ex- Speaker , his deputy, majority leader, and another member were also suspended by the House.

19 members of the House were said to have signed the impeachment notice.

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

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

The first class traditional ruler , therefore, advised the lawmakers to always abide by the rule of law and show exemplary leadership to the people they represent .

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