A mild drama ensued today at the Edo state house of Assembly after the Speaker of the house Victor Edoro was impeached by 16 of the 24 members of the house and Mrs Elizabeth Ativie elected as the new Speaker.
According to a Vanguard report, immediately the new speaker took her seat, the assembly’s chamber was invaded by some suspected thugs,resulting in security operatives to immediately take over control of the assembly’s premises, as staff scampered for safety.
The impeachment process began when a motion was moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Folly Ogedemgbe (APC-Owan- East) and seconded by Mr Patrick Illuobe (PDP – Esan-North East). After moving the motion, Ogedemgbe rportedly nominated Illuobe to preside over the election, who thereafter called for nomination for a new speaker and deputy.
Mrs. Ativie’s name was submitted as speaker by Mr Victor Assen (APC-Owan-East), while Mr Justin Okonobo ( APC-Igueben) was nominated as deputy speaker by Henry Okhuobo (APC-Orhionmwon). The two were subsequently approved to lead the House by the lawmakers.
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Meanwhile,Edo State Government has debunked the assassination claim by the deputy governor, Dr. Pius Odubu. This was contained in a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation Prince Kassim Afegbua. He described the claims as laughable and lousy.”It is laughable that the Odubu Campaign Organisation will allege that the deputy governor, with a full compliments of security details, was shot at, yet no casualty was recorded on the other side and nobody apprehended,” he said.
“Given the above scenario, we find it lousy for anyone to impute assassination theory as propounded by the Odubu Campaign Organisation especially when investigations are still ongoing and the police are yet to submit their findings on the fracas,” he added
Odubu alleged that he escaped assassination on Saturday at the All Progressive Congress (APC) secretariat in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.