Edo State House of Assembly has sworn in its new speaker. The lawmaker representing Uhunmwode constituency, Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie, has emerged as the first female Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly.
She was on Monday sworn in by the Clerk of the House, Mr. Lawson Ugiagbe in the presence of other members of the Assembly, including the former Speaker, Mr. Victor Edoror. This is coming after the rowdy session in the House last week which saw the impeachment of Victor Edoror and his deputy as Speakers of the House.
The former Speaker and his Deputy were accused of incompetence and high-handedness. He had after his impeachment said that the House members had met without his consent, insisting he was the only one that has the power to convene the plenary. But in a chat with newsmen at Monday’s plenary, Mr. Edoror said he was at the House principally, to represent his people, Esan Central.
“It is the decision of the Honourable members for me to lead them in this house (and) now that they have decided that I should not, I am back to my seat.
“Will I now say because I’m no longer Speaker, therefore I should not come and represent my people? That will be a sacrilege beyond human imagination. I have a mandate that I must protect and I will continue to protect it. As far as I am concerned I am very pleased with the members of the Edo State House of Assembly.”
The new Speaker has however, pledged to maintain an open door policy and provide leadership that will move the state forward.