Mon, Sep 25, 2023

Impeached Speaker's wife vets our decisions before they become laws - Edo Speaker

Impeached Speaker's wife vets our decisions before they become laws - Edo Speaker

Complete disgrace it was as 19 Edo lawmakers in a show of shame, sacked the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, his deputy, Elizabeth Atvie and Majority Leader, Folly Ogedengbe, over alleged abuse of office.

The lawmakers who accused the Speaker of illegal award of contracts and high handedness, engaged in lawlessness as they beat and threw chairs at each other in the process.  

They later elected the former Chief Whip of the House, Kabiru Adjoto, representing Akoko Edo constituency 1, as the new Speaker, Victor Edoror (Esan Central) was elected Deputy Speaker and Roland Asoro (Orhiomwon South), Majority Leader.

With the development, the political tripod of the state has changed as Edo North now has the Speaker, Central district, Deputy while Edo South, where Governor Godwin Obaseki hails from, now has the Majority Leader position.

Adjoto while addressing a news conference, thanked his colleagues for electing him.

“We have 19 signatures and all we did today (yesterday) is according to the law. We did not know initially that we voted in an incompetent Speaker. He (Okonoboh)has continued to adjourn proceedings in the Assembly for selfish reasons without due regard for our sitting calendar.

“In June and July we went on holidays for six weeks without any reason. In July, another holiday for two weeks. Now, we went for holidays for three weeks just because his son graduated from Covenant University and he wanted to be there and celebrate with the son.

“Secondly, we are 24 members in the Edo State House of Assembly. Any decision we take in the House, the wife who is the 25th member will vet it before it becomes law. He now raised a memo, they travelled to celebrate a party in America for their son that graduated from Covenant University, they were using the Speaker’s vehicle and convoy within Edo and outside the state, the children who are home were using his serene with full Speaker’s regalia.

“So we need somebody who will respect the sanctity of the office of the Speaker, somebody who will think Edo people first, who will make laws for the people of the state and i know that i will not disappoint our people.”


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