Edo House of Assembly Impeaches Philip Shaibu As Deputy Governor


The Edo State House of Assembly on Monday, April 8, 2024 impeached the once upon a time the most powerful Deputy Governor in the country, Comrade Philip Shaibu.

The Assembly which began sitting at 9.41am voted for the impeachment of Shaibu as deputy governor by an overwhelming majority votes of 18 against one among the 20 members present with the speaker expected to give the deciding vote in case of a tie.

Shaibu’s impeachment followed the submission of the report of Justice Stephen Omonua (Rtd)-led seven-man panel set up by the Chief Judge (CJ) of the State, Justice Daniel Okungbowa.

The seven-man panel was constituted by the Chief Judge of the State in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct levelled against Shaibu while serving as Deputy Governor of the State.

The panel submitted a damning report which found Shaibu guilty of disclosure of official secret but exonerated him over the allegation of perjury as it was not proven.

Following the consideration of the report of the panel, the House of Assembly resolved that the panel’s verdict was serious enough and therefore voted for his impeachment.

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