New Edo Speaker Promises Open Policy as Another Member Joins Others

By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City,
The rank of lawmakers that signed the impeachment notice removing the Speaker of the Edo state House of Assembly, Victor Edoror, has continued to swell as the member representing Oredo East, Osaigbovo Iyoha, who earlier was on his side, has joined the 16 members who initially removed the speaker.
Iyoha’s move, THISDAY gathered, was made on Wednesday during a victory party organised by the new speaker, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, when she presented the 17th member of the house
During the party which took place at the legislative quarters, the newly elected Speaker reassured members of the house of her decision to run an open  door policy.
She said the purpose of bringing the members together is to reaffirm that she remains the newly elected speaker of the house and as well assure them of her desire to run an open door policy.
“We have given you the opportunity to see all the members that have taken part in this impeachment and that we have been able to clear the air and that you should not have any doubt in your mind and  in fact, from sixteen members we are now seventeen members. And by our rules  two-third of the twenty four is sixteen and all the statutory  things that we are supposed to do, we have done it. And as we speak now, we have started doing the work of the house and you are going to see a very re-burst house, you are going to see a house that will be an envy that other states are going to emulate.
“Edo state house of assembly will run a very inclusive and transparent house and we will not allow cheating any more”, she said.
Speaking earlier, Chris Okabean (Oredo West), said that they have absolute trust in the leadership of the newly elected  speaker, Hon. Ative, and that they would give her the necessary support to succeed as the speaker of the house.