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First Edo female Speaker steps down over zoning

25 July 2016, 14:10

Benin City - The first female to emerge Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Elisabeth Ativie has stepped down, reports Punch.

Ativie was asked to step down by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to pave way for a lawmaker from Edo Central senatorial district to emerge Speaker.

This according to News 24 was to balance power equation in the state.

The victory of Godwin Obaseki as the party's 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.

Also read: Edo Assembly speaker, deputy impeached

She was replaced by the Deputy Speaker, Dr. Justin Okonoboh, who has since been sworn in.

Ativie became Speaker on the May 3 and was sworn-in on May 9 after Victor Edoror was impeached over financial misappropriation.

While accepting the change, Ativie said that her short stay in office recorded tremendous achievements as the members worked as a team.

Ativie commended the lawmakers for giving her the opportunity to serve and urged them to accord same to her successor.

- News 24


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