The deputy speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, has been impeached.
Idiaye was impeached during the plenary session of the House on Wednesday.
Subsequently, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon constituency II, Roland Asoro, was elected to replace Idiaye as deputy speaker.
The removal of Idiaye is coming barely 24 hours after the deputy governor of the state accused him of collecting N40 million from the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Adams Oshiomhole. It may also not be unconnected to his support for Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the APC in the September 19 governorship election.
On Monday, the former deputy speaker and four other lawmakers had pledged their support to Ize-Iyamu.
Idiaye said the administration of Governor Godwin Obaseki has not done anything in his village.
“There is no reason for me to defect to another party because there is no single project in my village to show under this present administration.
“I am from Somorika, in Akoko Edo local government area and my village is the most backward in Akoko Edo,” Idiaye had said when he led his colleagues to the Benin residence of Ize-Iyamu.