The recently-impeached speaker of the Edo State House Assembly, Mr. Victor Edoror , has described his impeachment as a ruse, insisting that he remains speaker of the Assembly. Edoror,who spoke after a brief meeting with six other lawmakers, said: “They have a paper duly signed by 11 members. That is not a quorum to remove a speaker. We do not want to suspend any member now. They have learnt their lessons and ran away from the chamber. They don’t have the requisite number. We are carrying out our jobs for the benefit of the state in support of the governor. There is no allegation of corruption against me. Those allegations are frivolous.”
Meanwhile the new speaker, Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, yesterday, said the House took the decision to impeach the speaker on grounds of high-handedness, dictatorial tendencies and financial recklessness. According to her, “The removal of the speaker is a victory for democracy and freedom for Edo State House of Assembly; we are all witnesses to how he has brought the House to disrepute. We have taken this decision today because he invaded the hallowed chambers with thugs. Due process was followed in the impeachment of the speaker.” Ativie further said that a five-member committee headed by Kabiru Adjoto representing Akoko-Edo I, will investigate the financial recklessness of the impeached speaker from June 2015 till 3rd May 2016.