BENIN – The Legislative Arm of Esan South-East local government, Thursday sacked its leader, Ernest Egwemi and elected Lucky Umar Ukaki as the new leader.
The arm also impeached its majority leader, Israel Iyanobor and elect Anthonia Iyangbe as the new majority leader.
The principal officers were impeached by seven out of the 10 members of the legislative arm.
Ernest Egwemi, Israel Iyanobor, Evans Ogbeiye and Israel Iyanomo were accused of gross financial misconduct, anti-party activities among others.
The former principal officers were also accused of being rubber stamp to the administration of the former chairman of the council that was sacked last March by the court.
The impeached former legislative leader, Evans Ogbeiye and Israel Iyanomo were however, suspended pending the investigation of allegations levelled against them.
The house had earlier passed a vote of no confidence on the Ernest Egwemi-led house before the impeachment.
Efforts to get reactions from the impeached legislative leader proved abortive, but a close ally to him described the impeachment as null and void.
According to him, Councillors representing the ten (10) wards of Esan south east local government area, were held hostage at the local government secretariat, Ubiaja.
“The ten councillors from the local government were invited to the Ewohimi residence of the council Chairman, where they were bundled against their will, with Police escorts and thugs to the council secretariat.
“They however, called on the Nigeria police force to come to their rescue whose lives are being threatened by desperate individuals,” he said.