- Gets first female Speaker
In a rowdy session yesterday, Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Mr Victor Edoror (APC Esanwest) was at plenary impeached by 16 of his colleagues who formed a quorum, after accusing him of embezzlement of assembly funds and gross indiscipline.
He was immediately replaced by the APC member representing Uhunwonde constituency, Hon Elizabeth Ativie, who now makes history as the first female speaker of the Edo Assembly.
There was pandemonium at the Assembly yesterday afternoon when thugs numbering about 300 invaded the assembly chamber shooting sporadically and in the process six persons were seriously wounded.
Trouble started when Hon. Folly Ogedegbe, the majority leader, moved the motion for the impeachment of the speaker and his deputy, Hon. Bright Osayande.
The motion, which was seconded by Hon. Gani Audu representing Etsako West 1, read in parts: “We the under listed and undersigned Honourable Members representing the various constituencies in the Edo State House of Assembly have on this day, 3rd of May 2016, resolved to impeach our speaker, Hon. Chief Victor Edoror (Tiger) and the deputy speaker, Hon. Osayande, for acts of gross misconduct.”
Speaker ex-tempo, Hon. Patrick Iluobe was appointed to preside over the house for the day, where the new speaker, Hon. Ativie representing Uhuwode was appointed and Dr. Joseph Okonoboh representing Igueben was appointed as deputy speaker.
Immediately the new speaker was sworn-in, the impeached speaker and his deputy walked into the chamber in company of thugs, shooting sporadically to scare people out of the chambers and in the process a lot of people sustained various degrees of gunshots.
Addressing journalists immediately after the fracas, the new speaker announced that the members could no longer tolerate the greedy nature of the ousted speaker.
She said the impeached speaker had up to six different financial cases with the EFCC and that members could not continue to allow such indecent person to lead the House and therefore, a five-member committee headed by Kabiru Adjoto representing Akoko-Edo 1 would investigate the financial recklessness of the impeached speaker from June 2015 till May 3 this year.
She said if found wanting at the end of the three months when the committee would submit its report, he would be handed over to the appropriate authority.
In his view, Hon. Adjoto said the impeached speaker was violently corrupt with flair for embezzling government money.
“As it is today, Edoror has a lot of EFCC cases hanging on his neck; you media men can go and verify this. We cannot afford to have a speaker that is being investigated by the EFCC because of his corrupt nature. As earlier mentioned by our new speaker, Edoror has a corrupt tendency that cannot be mentioned by one; enough is enough; that is why 16 members of the house today signed impeachment notice against him. As we speak today, both APC and PDP members in the House signed impeachment notice against him.”