The seventh Assembly of the Edo state Legislature at Ring Road Benin City is under lock and key. Reason being that it failed to convene because the letter authorizing it to do so from the governor was not ready.
The Governor was attending a meeting of Governors elected under the APC platform where he emerged Vice-chairman of the APC governors forum. Men of the Nigerian Police had however mounted heavy security in the early hours of Monday.
There was however reports that 19 of the 24 candidates of the APC that emerged as legislators met at the weekend and elected a former impeached speaker Mr Victor Edoror, Esan West as Speaker.
His emergence was said to be at the instance of APC National Chairman Mt Adams Oshiomhole who wants control of the Edo legislature as part of efforts to wrestle power from his crony, Mr Godwin Obaseki.
The Governor is said to enjoy support of only 5 of the incoming lawmakers and would have loved to have the assembly in his ‘group’.
Chris Okaeben (Oredo West), had raised an alarm sometime ago that the Governor was opposed to inaugurating the 7th assembly though indications are that the assembly will be formally inaugurated on Thursday.
Crosby Eribo (Egor) Henry Okhuarobo (Ikpoba-Okha) Roland Asoro (Orhionmwon West) Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East) Osaro Obazee (Oredo East) Washington Osifo (Uhunmwode) Ugiagbe Dumez (Ovia North East 1) Vincent Uwadiae ( Ovia North East 11) Sunday Aghedo (Ovia South West) are among the incoming lawmakers.
Others are Speaker hopeful, Francis Okiye (Esan North East 1) Emmanuel Okoduwa (Esan North East 11) Sunday Ojiezele (Esan South East) Marcus Onobun (Esan West) Ephraim Aluebhosele (Igueben) Ganiyu Audu (Estako West 1) and Aliyu Oshiomhole (Estako West 11).
The rest are Emmanuel Agbaje (Akoko-Edo 11) Yekini Idaiye (Akoko-Edo 11) Eric Okaka (Owan East) Micheal Ohio-Ezo (Owan West) Oshoma Ahmed (Estako Central) Kingsley Ugabi (Estako East).
If Edoror emerges Speaker it will his umpteenth time having been impeached in the 6th assembly. When he was impeached in 2016 as Speaker of the Edo State House of Assemb, Victor Edoror and his deputy were accused of constantly shortchanging other lawmakers.
Ativie, who is the first female Speaker of the assembly had then said, “the former speaker, Hon Victor Edoro, just like I said at the chamber, was very corrupt. His highhandedness in managing his colleagues is one among equals. We were all first elected before electing him to become speaker to extent that he doesn’t come to the House as stipulated by House rules.
“The funniest thing is that he changed the overhead of the House to suit his own ways, thus ensuring that his colleagues are not properly catered for. You journalists can also observe that lawmakers in the Edo Assembly were now living like paupers. I don’t want to go into his reckless spending.”