Members of the Edo State House of Assembly at the weekend denied an alleged plot to impeach Speaker Victor Edoror.
The denial came in form of a vote of confidence in a motion moved by Mr Chris Okaeben and seconded by Mr Igbas Ezehi, both of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The house noted that the vote had become necessary to clear the air over the speaker’s role in the saga which has polarised the cash-strapped sixth assembly.
House majority leader, Foly Ogedengbe who said the vote was necessary to inspire confidence in the speaker’s leadership, said it was to reaffirm members’ commitment to moving the state forward.
Last week, tension enveloped the legislative chambers at Ring Road, Benin City, for hours over allegations that Speaker Edoror pocketed the sum of N36million being donations from the local government councils to renovate the dilapidated legislative quarters.
The assembly did not sit until about 5pm in a plenary that lasted about 10 minutes, due to an executive session which lasted over four hours.
Meanwhile, the Edo Forum for Good Governance has exonerated the speaker and expressed confidence in his capacity to pilot the affairs of the sixth assembly.
Exonerating the speaker from what the group called “peddled rumours” bordering on his integrity and financial accountability, spokesperson of the group, Mr Ojiefo Momodu warned against attempts to truncate the tenure of Edoror.
“It is only fair and just that the Ishan people are allowed the opportunity to complete their tenure as speaker of the house. The immediate past speaker, Uyi Igbe, a Benin man, was there for four years while the governor from Edo North is at the verge of completing his eight years administration.”
He said, “We suspect that these people who are peddling rumours about the speaker are just doing it so as to create tension where none exists. We believe in the ability of Hon Victor Edoror to continue to lead the assembly.”
While berating those who are behind what they called the “fabricated tales,” the group posited that the Edoror’s led assembly is clearly disposed to not only complement the gains of the present administration but to ensuring that the governor’s eight year tenure ends well.

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