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Edo Priestesses Visit Edo Assembly With Juju, Lay Curses on Opposers of Governor Obaseki

The spiritual leader of Ekutetebite Negwogho group, Princess lnibokun lmasemwenbor, has laid curses on opposers of Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The Edo priestess, who visited the Edo State House of Assembly with her team on Friday morning, pronounced the curses at the gate of the Assembly.

She was in company of other priestesses, who said they represent the priestesses of traditional worship centres across Benin Kingdom.

Speaking on their behalf, Princess lnibokun lmasemwenbor, said she inherited her symbol of authority as juju priestess from her grandfather and whatever she pronounced on anyone will be so.

“I was at home when I saw on television the crisis at the Edo Assembly. I heard some of the things said that some people from other ethnic groups are trying to turn Benin upside down. We Benin people don’t like what they are doing.

“APC is oppressing Obaseki, that is mere oppression, they want to oppress our Obaseki.

“Why I am interested in the matter is that we did not have access road to my community before Obaseki became Governor. We used to spend so much to come to Benin. But now, we can travel in and out of our community with ease, no more erosion.

“For that reason, I must support Obaseki for a second term. Whoever says he will turn the state upside down to rig the election, let the heads of our ancestors torment them.

“Obaseki is a peace maker, he gave us amenities of life and for that reason, I have to back him up with my strength.”

Princess lmasemwenbor assured that Obaseki will be re-elected Governor again for another four years.

“Nobody will grab it from him and whoever says he will turn the state upside down to subvert the wishes of the people, help us tell such people that the head of our ancestors will torment them, all the deities of Benin kingdom should torment them,” she warned.

Edo Assembly:17 Members Inaugurate Parallel Assembly, as Another Speaker Emerges

The impasse rocking Edo State House of Assembly took a new turn when 17 members-elect in the state inaugurated a parallel speaker for the Assembly, on Thursday, 6th August 2020.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd learnt that the members-elect are loyalists of the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and staunch supporters of the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

They were joined by three lawmakers who had earlier been inaugurated.

The inauguration which was held at an undisclosed venue, saw a former Speaker of Edo Assembly, Victor Edoror, emerging Speaker, after a motion for the impeachment of Frank Okiye was not opposed.

Mr. Sunday Aghedo, (APC Ovia SW) had moved a motion signed by the entire members calling for Okiye’s impeachment, and was seconded by Hon. Ohio Ezomo (APC Owan West).

The motion nominating Edoror was moved by Hon. Washington Osifo (APC Uhunmwonde) and was seconded by Hon Eric Okaka (APC, Owan East).

Mr Chris Okaeben (APC, Oredo West) moved the motion that got Hon Emma Agbaje (APC, Akoko-Edo II) who acted as Speaker ex tempore, elected as Deputy Speaker.

Before the election, 12 out of the 14 members who were not sworn in last year took their oaths administered by a former Clerk of Edo Assembly, Tom Efezokhae.

Following the inaugural sitting, Edoror announced that plenary will resume on Friday, 7th August 2020.

When contacted for reaction, the Clerk of Edo Assembly, Mr. CY Omogbai said; “I don’t talk to press, meet my PRO please.”

Recall that Speaker of Edo Assembly, Frank Okiye, had raised the alarm over planned hijack of the Assembly complex at the Ring Road.

BREAKING: Edo House of Assembly roof dismantled, iconic mace taken down

Some men on Thursday vandalised the Edo State House of Assembly and removed its roof.

According to a video shared by Channels Television, the men were seen removing the iconic legislative mace on top of the building.

The video also showed trucks offloading gravels at the entrance of the Assembly Complex while the suspected vandals trooped into the building.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that policemen on Thursday surrounded the Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, was impeached by the state lawmakers.

The member representing Orhionmwon-South constituency, Roland Asoro, has since been appointed deputy Speaker and was immediately administered the oath of office and oath of allegiance by the Speaker.


Federal Police take over Edo House of Assembly

Men of the Nigerian police were spotted at the Edo state House of Assembly complex today, a day after minority members impeached the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye.

Dozens of the security officials were said to have stormed the complex while patrol vehicles were stationed there.

Also reports from Channels Television gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.

The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala from Abuja.

The motive of the police was not clear, as this is a developing story.

Idiaye was impeached on Wednesday during a plenary session of just 10 members of the Assembly out of the elected 24.

The speaker, Frank Okiye was elected by the 10 members, in an inauguration that took place at night last year, and endorsed by Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The excluded 14 members have not been part of the assembly since then and the minority members had even gone further to declare their seats vacant.

But matters came to a head on Wednesday, when Idiaye was impeached.

The lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Constituency I and four other members of the Assembly on Monday pledged their support to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Those who joined Idiaye are Hon. Emmanuel Agbaje, Akoko-Edo Constituency II; Hon. Nosayaba Okunbor, Orhiomwon East Constituency; Hon. Dumez Ugiagbe, Member-elect, Ovia North East Constituency I; and Mr. Hon. Vincent Uwadiae, Member-elect, Ovia North East Constituency II.

*This is a developing story

I will inaugurate Edo Assembly after I’m sworn in as Edo Governor – Ize-Iyamu

The APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu has promised to inaugurate the House of Assembly as soon as he is sworn in as Edo State Governor, after his victory in the September elections in the state.

Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu made the promise while addressing former PDP and SDP leaders and members who decamped to the APC from the various wards that make up the Local government area along with leaders of the APC who paid him a solidarity visit on Monday.

He said, ” I want to assure you, if these people don’t enter office before the election, once we are sworn in, their inauguration will be a priority because you cannot have the Edo House of Assembly sitting without Ovia Northeast”.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu also said that denying the Ovia Northeast people and over half of Edo state, a well deserved representation by refusing to properly inaugurate the Edo Assembly, Governor Obaseki does not deserve a single vote.

“Just like the way Obaseki was elected to be governor, you elected Vincent Uwadiae for Constituency 1 and Dumez Ugiagbe for Constitiency 2 to go and represent you at the House of Assembly. You elected them but the Governor refused to allow them to sit for one year”.

The APC candidate who presented the people with copies of his Simple Agenda manifesto, called on them to reject the PDP and Governor Godwin Obaseki in the Edo state governorship elections, by voting the APC to punish the outgoing government for neglecting the area in the last four years.

He lamented the insecurity in the area which led to the kidnapping and killing of a former State Civil Commissioner and the refusal of the governor to pay protesting Staff of College of Education, Ekiadolor their entitlements and assured them that change was coming to Edo with the APC government he will head.

He concluded by saying that, “We don’t play politics for fun. We have a reason, we have an objective and that objective is that our people, through government must progress. We ourselves must progress and my prayer is that the incoming government will be better for you than the past government”.

Oshiomhole washes hands off Edoror’s impeachment

Governor Adams Oshiomhole has dismissed insinuations and reports that he had a hand in the impeachment of the former Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Victor Edoror.

Speaking when the new Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon Elizabeth Ativie led other Principal Officers and members of the Assembly to him in his office yesterday, Oshiomhole said “let me on behalf of myself, the government and the great people of Edo State congratulate you, my sister and my comrade, Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Ativie on your election as the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, and in the process making history as the first female speaker of the Hosue of Assembly from the time we were in the Mid-West Region to Bendel State and Edo State.  I hope that the spirit of our women that have always desired that they occupy leadership positions and God’s wisdom and mercy will help you to get all the wisdom you need, the courage and the good health to function in your capacity as the speaker.

“In your opening remarks, you said something like apologizing for what you did secretly in your hallowed chambers, and it was just a statement in humility because you have said that only because you appreciate that although we run a presidential system in which you have the principles of separation of powers, but this separation of powers does not mean antagonistic arms of government, and the presidential system works better when the political arms, that is, the legislative and the executive interact and share both privileges and burdens of governance.

“I also believe that you  also do recognize that as leaders of this State, both in the executive and the legislative branch, we have a shared responsibility for the unity of this State and for the stability of the State, and that we do have the responsibility of servicing the unity of this State, and the unity of the State is better serviced if there is equity, fairness and spread, both in the privileges and the challenges of governance.

“It is also important to use this occasion with your permission, Madam Speaker, to say that there have been too much insinuation in town and around the country. Some of our pressmen and women have chosen to elevate speculations as if they were facts and on the basis of their own imagination even write columns that are not informed either by facts or truth, sometimes based on what they themselves will do if they were in my privileged position rather than what I have done. I have had to live with a lot of mud thrown at my person as part of my own reward or some of the challenges of the very privileged position I hold in Edo State.

“I have read uninformed comments such as the impeachment of the former speaker Hon. Edoror was because he is not supporting Oshiomhole’s project in my determination to ‘impose a candidate on the party’. Some have gone to the ridiculous extent of suggesting that your emergence as a speaker is a prelude to impeaching the Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Egberamwen Odubu.

“There all kinds of uninformed, sickening speculations which not only are irritating, they are even more irritating when you realize that people who are very responsible, in the absence of any other source of information, appear to believe what might be described as sources from bush radio.

“I want to, therefore, with your permission, Madam Speaker use this opportunity to assure the people of Edo State and indeed the Nigerian people, many of whom know me, not just as a governor, but in my previous job as the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress. I am a democrat; I have the competence for contestation. I do not run away from contestation. I have the courage to speak out on what I believe in and to stand for what I believe in.

“The assumption that the Edo State House of Assembly consults and obtains permission from the executive before it acts is not only foolish, it is not informed by a very rudimentary knowledge of how parliament operates, particularly in a presidential system. It flows from the general assumption that houses of assemblies are rubber stamps; whatever they do is the dictates of government. In Edo State, we have had a robust relationship, but robust to the extent that our interest coincides with regard to projects, whether in the area of infrastructure, health care, education, you name it.”

The new speaker of Edo State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Ativie told the Governor “it will interest your Excellency to know that on Tuesday 3rd May 2016, the House effected a change in its leadership, and this led to my emergence as Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly.

“At this juncture your Excellency, I want to publicly on behalf of our members, all the twenty-four members of the Edo State House of Assembly apologize to your Excellency that we did it without letting you know because we knew that if for any reason it leaked, that you will not allow us to do it. That is why we took our notes among ourselves that we will not let you know.

“It is worthy of note that another history has been made in Edo State by divine arrangement and the pleasure of my very distinguished colleagues, I have emerged as the first female speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly in your time, a position that is cherished by the women of Edo State and the world at large.

“The House under my able leadership will continue to work harmoniously with your Excellency in our collective drive to transform Edo State into an enviable height.”

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Edo Speaker, Edoror, deputy impeached as only female lawmaker emerges as new speaker

The Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly and his deputy were this morning impeached by a two third majority of the house.

Build-up to the impeachment created a pandemonium in the Chamber, as series of gun shots were heard from the Assembly grounds, while journalists and other stakeholders scampered for safety.

Details of what led to the impeachment are still very sketch but it may not be unconnected with the recent face-off that occurred between the legislature and the executive over the tenure of the local government council, which the legislators said the governor erred, in ordering the local government council chairmen to hand over to their heads of service.

The new speaker of the house is now Hon. Elizabeth Ativie from Uhumwonde local government area while the deputy speaker is Dr. Justin Okunrobo from Igueben Local Government Area.

Ativie is the only female member of the Assembly, and one of the most experienced lawmakers.

Details later.

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