The Edo State House of Assembly has asked suspended former deputy speaker, Elizabeth Ativie, to resume legislative business. The lawmaker was removed and suspended for more than five months.
An ad hoc committee set up by the Assembly, led by the deputy speaker, Victor Edoror, recommended Ativie’s recall.
Ativie, representing Uhunmwonde constituency under the All Progressives Congress, was impeached and suspended for three months on August 15, 2017. She was suspended alongside the former Speaker; Dr. Justin Okonoboh, and the ex-Majority Leader, Foly Ogedengbe, for alleged misconduct.
While the suspension of Okonoboh and Ogedengbe were later lifted, that of Ativie was extended for allegedly failing to return the vehicles attached to her former office.
The vehicles include one Lexus SUV, one Prado SUV and two Hilux vans.
However, Edoror explained that Ativie had appeared before the ad hoc committee and cooperated with it on all the issues.
He also confirmed that Ativie had returned the four vehicles in her possession which led to the suspension lift.
The Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, after adopting the committee’s recommendation said:
“Following the adoption of the recommendation of the committee by the House, the suspension order placed on Ativie is hereby lifted.”