Benin City - There are indications that the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Elizabeth Ativie will on Monday, July 25, step down as Speaker of the House, reports The Nation
Her resignation is to pave the way from another lawmaker from the Central Senatorial District with a view to make way for political equity in the state.
The victory of Godwin Obaseki as All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate from Edo South Senatorial District and Philip Shaibu as his running mate from Edo North has forced the party to cede the House of Assembly Speaker to Edo Central.
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The decision to cede the position of Speaker back to the Edo Central was the fall-out of a meeting between Governor Adams Oshiomhole and party leaders from the Central, to assuage the feeling of marginalization by people of the area, who lost the Deputy Governor slot to Edo North
Ativie, became Speaker of the House, following the impeachment of Victor Edororn, on 3 May, 2016, over an alleged financial mismanagement and high handedness.
It was learnt that Ativie had been offered the Deputy Speaker with parting allowances
Street Journal reports that if the new arrangement sails through, a first time lawmaker, Hon. Justin Okonoboh and current Deputy Speaker who hails from Edo Central, has already been penciled down to emerge the new Speaker
The lawmakers are said to have met with Oshiomhole and party leaders on the development and a motion is expected to be moved on the floor of the House on Monday to bring the new changes about.
- News 24