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Osayande, Ativie battle for Edo Deputy Speaker

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Ahead of the inauguration of the sixth Edo State House of Assembly today, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo South is divided on who to support as the Deputy Speaker.

The party’s leadership had zoned the speakership to Edo Central, with the governor in Edo North, the Majority Leader also in Edo North.

Edo South, now left with the deputy speakership, appears to be in a dilemma on who to choose between Bright Osayande, representing Ovia North East Constituency II and Elizabeth Ativie, of Uhunwode Constituency.

At the party’s leadership meeting yesterday in one of the leaders’ house, majority of the leaders from six of the seven local government areas in Edo South supported Osayande, based on his experience in the Assembly since 2007.

APC leaders from Uhunwode and others from Orhionmwon, Oredo and Ikpoba-Okha urged their representatives to vote for Ativie as Deputy Speaker.

An inside sources told our reporter that another elders’ meeting held yesterday at the Government House could not agree on who should be the Deputy Speaker, because the leaders of Edo South did not arrive at a decision.

Also, the Edo Political Renaissance, a social political group, has urged the leadership of the ruling APC to consider merit and loyalty to the party in choosing the Assembly’s leadership.

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