As the 7th Session of the Edo State House of Assembly is being inaugurated today, Hon. Victor Edoroh will clinch the Speakership seat despite complaints of unleveled playing field, it emerged yesterday.
Investigation revealed that the principal offices have been made the exclusive preserve of returning old members as against the Jonnie-just-come others; the freshmen.
The leadership of the sixth (6th) House of Assembly had at its last sitting, amended the rules of the House which excluded freshmen from being elected as principal officers.
Besides, the position of minority whip has been phased out with a new one to be called Deputy Majority Leader. This new office, according to party sources would be occupied by Mrs. Elizabeth Ativie.
The Deputy Speaker is Bright Osanyande while the Majority leader is Hon. Folly Ogendengbe, it was learnt.
Though there are snags, but the party leadership says, “we‘ve done a good job with all the stakeholders being carried along. It was a caucus decision”.
The member who is to assume the Whip position, Hon. Kabiru Adjoto has turned it down. He is rumored to have joined forces within the freshmen who are more in number (15) to swell their voting strength and this according to informed sources may upturn the equation.
“There is an uneasy calm”, a freshman feared. According to him, “the party may have done their own but we will elect our speaker” he threatened with an air of assurances and authority.