By Adebayo Williams
Edo State House of Assembly speaker, Elizabeth Ativie, has stepped down. Her decision was influenced by a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Folly Ogedegbe, under matters of public importance. Ogedengbe explained that the change was necessary to ensure fairness in the political system, so that the three senatorial districts would be represented. The incumbent State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, hails from Edo North senatorial district while his deputy, Pius Odubu, and Ativie hail from Edo South. Okonoboh represents Igueben constituency in Edo Central senatorial district.
She has since been replaced by Deputy Speaker, Justin Okonoboh by 18 out of the 24 members of the House. He was sworn in on Monday.
In her farewell address, Ativie said that her short stay in office recorded tremendous achievements as the members worked as a team. She commended the lawmakers for giving her the opportunity to serve and urged them to accord same to her successor.