From George Okoh In Makurdi
Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly Terkimbir Ikyange was on Tuesday impeached by 22 out of 30 members of the Assembly.
The members came through the back of the assembly which shares fence with the Government House and in less than 45 minutes, they concluded the sitting that was presided over by the former minority leader Sule Audu, representing Agatu State Constituency.
Motion for the impeachment was moved by Richard Ujege representing Konshisha State constituency and seconded by Anthony Ogbu representing Ado constituency.
During the sitting , Titus Uba, APC representing Kyan Vandeikya Constituency, emerged speaker while Johnson Egli Ahubi, PDP is deputy speaker.
Other new principal officers of the assembly include, majority leader Avine Agbom of the APC representing Makurdi North, who defected to the PDP; deputy majority leader, Sule Audu of the PDP ; and Chief Whip, Kester Ikenge of the PDP representing Logo.
Addressing newsmen after the sitting, the new speaker explained that the action was done to protect the image of the 8th Assembly, adding that it was as a result of high handednes of the impeached speaker.
The House last week went on recess and was bid to resume on August 15.