The Edo State House of Assembly has elected Hon. Frank Okiye, member representing Esan North East Constituency 1, as Speaker after Governor Godwin Obaseki inaugurated the 7th Assembly on Monday.
The Clerk of the Edo House of Assembly, Audu Yahaya Omogbai, ushered the members-elect into the chamber and read out the letter of proclamation transmitted to the office of the clerk by the state governor.
After reading the letter, the clerk proclaimed the House and the members-elect began the process of electing the House leadership, with Rt. Hon. Frank Okiye of Esan North East Constituency I, emerging the Assembly Speaker, while Hon. Yekini Idiaye, member representing Akoko Edo Constituency I, was elected Deputy Speaker.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Okiye, after the swearing in process took charge of proceedings and thanked all the members-elect present for the confidence reposed in him, promising that he would work for the good of people of Edo State.
“It is with the deepest sense of humility that I receive this call to serve the people and I assure that I will do all in my power to serve their best interest at all times.
“I congratulate my colleagues and fellow members who are today inaugurated and urge other members-elect who are yet to meet up with the requirements for inauguration to do so without delay so they can join this honorable house in the discharge of its responsibilities,” Okiye said.
The House was thereafter adjourned till July 17.
9 lawmakers took part in the process. The Assembly consists of 24 members.
Members present at the inauguration were; Hon. Nosa Okunbor; Hon. Henry Okuarobo; Hon. Uyi Ekhosuehi; Hon. Marcus Onobun; Hon. Ephraim Anehbosele; Hon. Roland Asoro; Hon. Eric Okaka; Hon Frank Okiye and Hon Yekini Idiaye.
This came on the heels of a Press Conference held by 19 members-elect of the Assembly earlier on Monday condemning the refusal of Governor Obaseki to issue a letter of proclamation for the inauguration of the Legislative arm.
The lawmakers accused the governor of attempt to truncate democracy and impose a Speaker on the House.
“Today, we the members-elect of the Edo State House of Assembly, wish to bring to knowledge of the people of Edo State and the general public of the attempt by Governor Obaseki to truncate democracy in Edo State.
“Whereas the tenure of members of the last of Assembly expired on 7th June, 2019.
“And whereas, the Governor is constitutionally required to immediately issue a letter of proclamation for the inauguration of the new Assembly to avoid vacuum.
“And whereas, there cannot be democracy without the legislature, (because it is the legislature that gives credence to democracy),” the lawmakers said.