Edo Assembly adjourns over presence of 4 suspended legislators

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BENIN – Crisis-rocked  Edo House of Assembly Monday in Benin adjourned its sitting to June 23.

Mr Adjoto Kabiru, who is the Chairman House Information, told newsmen that the House could sit Monday due to the presence of the four suspended lawmakers.

The House has been in crisis since June 9 following the suspension of four members including the Deputy Speaker.

The affected members rejected their suspension and held parallel sittings in the house.

“The House could sit today because we have strangers in our midst. By their action, they have disregarded the order served on them and we cannot sit with them.

“As a responsible Assembly, we ensure that a contempt proceeding is instituted against the suspended lawmakers.

“With this development, we have resolved to adjourn sitting to Monday, June 23,” he said.

Adjoto said that the assembly would remain under lock and key but lawmakers’ offices would remain open.

According to him, with this, no lawmaker is expected to be seen close to the chambers.

Meanwhile, the Minority , Emmanuel Okoduwa, (PDP Esan East), said the two factions had an agreement on Wednesday to revert to the status quo.

Okoduwa explained that the adjournment was to allow members to engaged in consultation among themselves.

“Within this period, both parties try to heed to the call for peace,” he said.

Earlier, a bailiff the High 7, Mr Oarhe Sule, served the suspended lawmakers an order of contempt of which was rejected by the Deputy Speaker, Festus Ebea. (NAN)