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Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria have gather for a protest at the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.
According to Channels TV, the protesters, which consist of women and youth, stormed the Assembly complex on Friday while security operatives keep watch at the facility for the second day.
They pledged their support for the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, and prayed for peace to reign in the state.
The PDP supporters also threw their weight behind a factional Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye, saying they recognise him only as the leader of the legislative arm of government in Edo.
They, however, rejected another factional Speaker of the House, Victor Edoror, who was claimed to have been inaugurated by 17 lawmakers on Thursday.
The protesters also condemned the inauguration of 14 lawmakers-elect in Edo at a private residence in the state capital.
They insisted that the inauguration of the lawmakers was done in violation of the law, stressing that the lawmakers had missed their chance to join the House.
Many of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday morning while patrol vehicles were positioned there.
Channels Television gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.
The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala.
Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.
Barely a day before the security operatives took over the facility, members of the Assembly impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye.
Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday and replaced with Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency.
According to Channels TV, the five lawmakers were among the 10 members of the House inaugurated in July 2019 while 14 others have yet to be inaugurated.
They insisted that their decision was to remain in the APC on whose platform they were elected.
See more photos from the Assembly below