The Edo House of Assembly, on Monday, lifted the suspension placed on its impeached Speaker, Victor Edoro (APC-Esan Central).
Recall that on May 3, 16 out of the 24 members of the assembly impeached Edoro at plenary for alleged corruption, high-handedness, dictatorial tendencies, financial recklessness and short changing of members.
Edoro was subsequently suspended for three months for allegedly invading the assembly with thugs after his impeachment.
But speaking at plenary today, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie who was sworn in as speaker by Mr. Lawson Ugiagbe, the clerk of the House, said: “In the spirit of reconciliation, we hereby lift the suspension placed on the former speaker, Victor Edoro.
“He is by the announcement welcome back to the house,’’ Ativie said.
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The house also elected members of the Principal Officers Council (POC). They are Mr Ogedengbe (APC-Owan East), Majority Leader; Kabiru Adjoto (APC-Akoko- Edo 1), Chief Whip; Henry Okhuorobo (APC-Ikpoba Okha), Deputy House Leader; and Patrick Iluobe (PDP-Esan North East 1), Minority Leader.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the inauguration of Mrs Ativie, Edoror said he has accepted the decision of the lawmakers to appoint new leadership for the House.
Edoroh said, “As far as I am concerned, I am very pleased with members of the Edo State House of Assembly. I give them kudos for giving me the opportunity to lead them for one year. But it is another opportunity for them to test another leadership. In about two, three months, they will begin to compare. But I wish them well.”