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Edo lawmakers sacks Speaker as deputy takes over

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Members of the Edo State House of Assembly have effected a change in the leadership of the Assembly. At plenary held at the Assembly premises on Monday, members removed Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie as their speaker and was immediately replaced by the Deputy Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh.In all, 18 out of the 24 members of the House effected the change and Okonoboh was sworn in at about 11:00 a.m on Monday to take over from Ativie who was sworn in on May ‎3 when her predecessor, Victor Edoror, was impeached.

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.

‎Ogedengbe explained that the change was necessary to ensure fairness in the political system, so that the three senatorial districts would be represented.

Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, hails from Edo North senatorial district while his deputy, Dr. Pius Odubu, and Ativie hail from Edo South.

Okonoboh represents Igueben constituency in Edo Central senatorial district.

To effect the change, Rules 1(2), 20, 22 and 73 of the House were relaxed before the member representing Owan East ‎asked Ativie to step down for the Igueben lawmaker to assume officer while she took office as his deputy.

Ogedengbe “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.

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