Set Up Panel on Impeachment of Shaibu, Edo Assembly Directs CJ

The Edo State House of Assembly has instructed the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Daniel Okungbowa, to establish a seven-member panel to investigate allegations leveled against Deputy Governor Ry Philip Shaibu.

Accusations of misconduct and unauthorized disclosure of government information have been directed at the deputy governor by the state assembly.

The panel’s mandate is to conduct a thorough examination of the allegations and provide appropriate recommendations.

The proceedings were overseen by Speaker RT Hon Blessing Agbebaku.

Earlier this month, the Edo State House of Assembly initiated impeachment proceedings against Shaibu, citing constitutional violations. However, Shaibu has refuted claims of receiving an impeachment notice from the assembly.

According to a letter dated March 12, 2024, addressed to the Speaker and signed by the Personal Assistant to the Deputy Governor, Charles Olubayo, Shaibu asserts he was never served any notice and refused to accept one.

Shaibu’s absence from the state since March 3 has been cited as a reason why he could not have been served as claimed during the assembly’s plenary session.

Supporters of Shaibu allege political persecution, speculating that the move against him is motivated by his aspiration to succeed Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Shaibu emerged as the Governorship Candidate in a parallel primary election held on February 22, 2024.

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