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Edo State deputy governor impeached following House Vote, his replacement sworn in

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In a dramatic turn of events, the Edo State House of Assembly, comprising 20 members, witnessed the impeachment of Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu by a decisive vote of 18 members on Monday. The impeachment, centered on allegations of leaking official secrets, followed the deliberation of a report by a seven-man panel chaired by Chief Judge Justice Daniel Okungbowa.

The proceedings unfolded as the House, led by Speaker Blessing Agbebaku, convened to consider the panel’s findings. Despite objections, the House determined that while one accusation of perjury against Shaibu was unfounded, the charge of divulging confidential information was substantiated.

In adherence to constitutional provisions, a motion was swiftly raised and seconded to restore the Speaker to his position, paving the way for a vote on the report. With an overwhelming majority, the Assembly affirmed Shaibu’s impeachment, signaling a pivotal moment in the state’s political landscape.

In the aftermath of Shaibu’s removal, Governor Godwin Obaseki wasted no time in appointing Marvellous Omobayo, aged 38, as the new deputy governor. Omobayo, swiftly inaugurated by Chief Judge Justice Daniel Okungbowa, symbolizes the administration’s commitment to youth empowerment and inclusive governance.

Governor Obaseki, in his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony, emphasized Omobayo’s role in advancing the state’s developmental agenda, promising continuity and progress under the new leadership. In response, Omobayo expressed gratitude and pledged to uphold the state’s legacy of peace, unity, and prosperity.

As Edo State navigates this transition, the appointment of Marvellous Omobayo underscores a new chapter in its political narrative, one marked by youth engagement and a renewed focus on sustainable development.

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