The Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Hon Terkibir Ikyange, has been impeached on what has turned out to be a Super Tuesday, due to the mass defection of All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers at the National Assembly.
A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP member, Titus Ubwa, from Vandeikiya state constituency, has emerged the new Speaker.
This maybe a indication that Governor Samuel Ortom, who recently also dumped the APC, may cross over to the PDP
22 out 30 members of the state House of Assembly impeached Speaker Ikyange, his deputy, Mrs James Okefe and the Majority Leader of the House, Benjamin Adanyi for alleged abuse of office.
The lawmakers accused the Speaker of abuse of office and high handedness.
The motion for the Impeachment of the Speaker and other principal officers of the House was moved by Mr Richard Ujege (Konshisha state constituency) and seconded by Mr Anthony Ogbu (Ado state constituency)
The lawmakers later elected a former Chief Whip of the House, Mr Titus Ubah, representing Vandeikya Kyan constituency as the new Speaker. Johnson Egli Ahubi ( Otukpo/Akpa) was elected Deputy Speaker while Avine Agbum (Makurdi South) was elected the Majority Leader.