Edo As­sem­bly speaker, deputy swap po­si­tions

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

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.

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