Edo Assembly speaker, deputy swap positions
The deputy Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Justine Okonoboh, has emerged the new speaker of the House after the incumbent, Elizabeth Ativie, stepped down to become the deputy Speaker.
Daily Trust reports that Ativie, a member of the APC, representing Uhunmwode state constituency, had to step down in order to address the political imbalance of key offices in the state.
The new Speaker, Okonoboh (APC), is from Igueben state constituency.
At the plenary session yesterday, the House majority leader, Foly Ogedengbe, moved the motion on matters of urgent public importance for the duo to swap positions.
The motion was seconded by the deputy majority leader, Henry Okhuaroboh.
Ogedengbe, a member APC representing Owan East constituency, explained that the change was necessary to correct the imbalance in the political leadership of the state, saying that the decision was not personal but for public interest.
The legislators, however, suspended rule 1 sub 2, 20, 22 and 73 of the House to elevate the former deputy Speaker, who is a first timer, to the position of Speaker. The motion was supported by 19 of the 24 lawmakers in the House.
It would be recalled that Ativie was on May 3, 2016 elected as the first female Speaker of the House, after the impeachment of the former Speaker, Victor Edoror.
In the political hierarchy of the state, Edo North senatorial has the governor, Adams Oshiomhole; Edo South has Pius Odubu as deputy governor while the position of Speaker was zoned to Edo Central senatorial district.
But, with the impeachment of Victor Edoror as Speaker and Ativie emergence as Speaker from Edo South, Edo central was somehow shortchanged.