The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, has stepped down from the role.
She was immediately replaced by the Deputy Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, by 18 out of the 24 members of the House and sworn in at about 11am on Monday.
This is barely three months after she was sworn in as the new speaker of the house after her predecessor, Victor Edoror, was impeached.
It would be recalled that Ativie was sworn in on May 3.
Ativie decided to step down after a motion was moved by the Majority Leader, Folly Ogedengbe, under matters of urgent public importance, for a change in the leadership of the House, explaining that the change was necessary to ensure fairness in the political system, so that the three senatorial districts would be represented.
Ogedengbe had said:
“I going to move that there is a change of leadership in the House in order that this state moves forward, that there will be fairness and equity in the system, that the three senatorial districts will be properly accommodated. I am going to move with a heavy heart.
“I move, therefore, that the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, should step down and assume office as Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly and that the Deputy Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, be promoted as the new Speaker.”
18 out of the 24 members of the house stood up in support of the motion, which was seconded by the member representing Oredo West, Chris Okaeben.
While accepting the change, Ativie said that her short stay in office recorded tremendous achievements as the members worked as a team.
She also commended the lawmakers for giving her the opportunity to serve and urged them to accord same to her successor.